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.
Recent Examples of molest from the Web
Randall Bischak, citing evidence that Frodsham had allowed Bischak to molest the foster children.
A woman who worked for one of Cosby’s agents at the William Morris Agency in Los Angeles is the only other accuser permitted to testify to suggest Cosby had a pattern of drugging and molesting women.
At least four victims at Sandusky's trial said they were molested after 2001.
At least four of the victims said they were molested after 2001, leading the court to argue that negligence on behalf of Curley, Spanier, and Schultz allowed Sandusky to continue his abusive behavior.
At least four victims at Sandusky’s trial said they were molested after 2001.
Their investigations followed a March 4 hotline allegation that a 3-year-old girl was molested there, as well as a separate April 21 report that a child in the home had threatened suicide.
Prosecutors said Callahan was also accused of molesting another girl between 1997-1999.
The students allege that the teacher molested them between 2008 and 2010, but that school officials had reports of the teacher's inappropriate behavior dating back to 2003.
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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
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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