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violate

verb

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1 to fail to keep
  • you've violated the company's rule against smoking within 30 feet of the building

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2 to treat (a sacred place or object) shamefully or with great disrespect
  • the invaders violated the temple by using it to stable their horses

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3 to engage in sexual activity and especially intercourse with a person unwilling or unable to give consent
  • criminal statutes delineating acts that constitute violating another person

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  • date rape
  • gang rape
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The first known use of violate was in the 15th century

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“Violate.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/violate. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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