molest

verb mo·lest \ mə-ˈlest \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

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.

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.

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Origin and Etymology of molest

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


MOLEST Defined for English Language Learners

molest

verb

Definition of molest for English Language Learners

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

  • : to bother or annoy (someone or something)


MOLEST Defined for Kids

molest

verb mo·lest \ mə-ˈlest \

Definition of molest for Students

molested; molesting
: to disturb or injure by interfering

Law Dictionary

molest

transitive verb 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)

molestation

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

molester

noun

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