Simple Definition of molest
: 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
1 : to annoy, disturb, or persecute especially with hostile intent or injurious effect
2 : to make annoying sexual advances to; especially : to force physical and usually sexual contact on
Examples of molest
He was sent to jail for molesting children.
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
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