Definition of molest
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.>
molestationplay \ˌmō-ˌles-ˈtā-shən, ˌmä-, -ləs-\ noun
molesterplay \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.
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: 15th century
MOLEST Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of molest for Students
: to disturb or injure by interfering
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\ˌmō-ˌles-ˈtā-shən, ˌmä-, -ləs-\ play noun
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