verb \mə-ˈlest\

: to harm (someone) through sexual contact : to touch (someone) in a sexual and improper way

: to bother or annoy (someone or something)

Full Definition of MOLEST

transitive verb
:  to annoy, disturb, or persecute especially with hostile intent or injurious effect
:  to make annoying sexual advances to; especially :  to force physical and usually sexual contact on
mo·les·ta·tion \ˌmō-ˌles-ˈtā-shən, ˌmä-, -ləs-\ noun
mo·lest·er \mə-ˈles-tər\ noun

Examples of MOLEST

  1. He was sent to jail for molesting children.
  2. It was illegal to molest, capture, or kill any of the animals in the park.

Origin of MOLEST

Middle English, from Anglo-French molester, from Latin molestare, from molestus burdensome, annoying; akin to Latin moles mass
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi


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