molest

verb
mo·​lest | \ mə-ˈlest \
molested; molesting; molests

Definition of molest

transitive verb

1 : to annoy, disturb, or persecute especially with hostile intent or injurious effect The zookeeper warned the visitors not to molest the animals.
2 : to make annoying sexual advances to especially : to force physical and usually sexual contact on He was sent to prison for molesting children.

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Other Words from molest

molestation \ ˌmō-​ˌles-​ˈtā-​shən , ˌmä-​, -​ləs-​ \ noun
molester \ mə-​ˈles-​tər \ noun

Examples of molest in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples on the Web

The platform routinely serves videos espousing neo-Nazi propaganda, phony reports portraying dark-skinned people as violent savages and conspiracy theories claiming that large numbers of leading politicians and celebrities molested children. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Congress missed another chance to hold big tech accountable," 12 Dec. 2018 In Alabama, faced with a choice between a Democrat and a man credibly accused of molesting under-age girls, local business lobbies sat the election out rather than switch sides. The Economist, "Made out of glueDonald Trump may make some businessfolk cringe," 8 Mar. 2018 Nassar, who was the USA Gymnastics team doctor, is serving a prison sentence of up to 175 years after pleading guilty to molesting nine patients and a family friend and to possession of child pornography. NBC News, "MSU dean who was Larry Nassar's boss hit with new sex accusations," 25 Apr. 2018 In 1990, Ramos pleaded guilty to molesting an 8-year old boy and was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison. CBS News, "Etan Patz case: 1979 disappearance of NYC boy continues to haunt investigators," 15 Apr. 2018 The Baltimore County Democrat pointed to Dr. Larry Nassar, the team doctor of the U.S. women’s Olympic Gymnastics team who was accused of molesting more than 250 girls and women over more than 20 years. Michael Dresser, baltimoresun.com, "Bill to admit evidence of accused rapists' similar offenses clears Senate test," 14 Mar. 2018 Today the face of scandal is Theodore McCarrick, the former cardinal accused of molesting an 11-year-old boy as well as regularly inviting seminarians to his bed. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Oscar Wilde’s Catholicism," 8 Oct. 2018 Five testified at the spring trial, when jurors convicted Cosby of drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. Maryclaire Dale, The Seattle Times, "Cosby lawyers fight testimony of other women at sentencing," 11 Sep. 2018 Chapman has admitted to molesting more than 100 boys and is the longtime suspect in the Andy Puglisi disappearance. Bob Ward, ajc, "Release of child rapist with more than 100 victims on hold after appeal by attorney," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of molest

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for molest

Middle English, from Anglo-French molester, from Latin molestare, from molestus burdensome, annoying; akin to Latin moles mass

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molest

verb

English Language Learners 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)

molest

verb
mo·​lest | \ mə-ˈlest \
molested; molesting

Kids Definition of molest

: to disturb or injure by interfering
mo·​lest | \ mə-ˈlest \

Legal Definition of molest

1 : to annoy, disturb, or persecute especially with hostile intent or injurious effect
2 : to make annoying sexual advances to specifically : to force physical and usually sexual contact on (as a child)

Other Words from molest

molestation \ ˌmō-​ˌles-​ˈtā-​shən, ˌmä-​, -​ləs-​ \ noun
molester noun

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