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molest

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verb mo·lest \mə-ˈlest\

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)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of molest

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to annoy, disturb, or persecute especially with hostile intent or injurious effect

  3. 2 :  to make annoying sexual advances to; especially :  to force physical and usually sexual contact on

molestation

play \ˌmō-ˌles-ˈtā-shən, ˌmä-, -ləs-\ noun

molester

play \mə-ˈles-tər\ noun

Examples of molest in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


MOLEST Defined for Kids

molest

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verb mo·lest \mə-ˈlest\

Definition of molest for Students

molested

molesting

  1. :  to disturb or injure by interfering




Law Dictionary

molest

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transitive verb mo·lest \mə-ˈlest\

Legal Definition of molest

  1. 1 :  to annoy, disturb, or persecute especially with hostile intent or injurious effect

  2. 2 :  to make annoying sexual advances to; specifically :  to force physical and usually sexual contact on (as a child)

molestation

\ˌmō-ˌles-ˈtā-shən, ˌmä-, -ləs-\ play noun

molester

noun



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