Synonyms and Antonyms of violate

  1. 1 to fail to keep <you've violated the company's new rule against smoking within 30 feet of the building> Synonyms breach, break, contravene, fracture, infringe, offend, traduce, transgress Related Words disobey, rebel; blow off, brush (off), disregard, flout, ignore, neglect, overlook, overpass, pass over, slight, tune out, wink (at); dismiss, pooh-pooh (also pooh), scorn, shrug off; defy, resist, withstand Near Antonyms defer (to), serve, submit (to), surrender (to), yield (to); attend, hear, heed, listen (to), mark, note, notice, regard, watch Antonyms comply (with), conform (to), follow, mind, obey, observe

  2. 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> Synonyms defile, profane, desecrateRelated Words deconsecrate, desacralize, desanctify; blaspheme, curse, swear; befoul, contaminate, foul, poison, pollute, soil, sully, taint; affront, defame, insult, offend, outrage; annihilate, crush, decimate, demolish, desolate, destroy, devastate, ravage, raze, ruin, waste, wreck; despoil, loot, pillage, plunder, raid, ransack, rob, sack, spoil, stripNear Antonyms bless, consecrate, dedicate, hallow, sanctify; honor, respect; cleanse, purge, purify

  3. 3 to engage in sexual activity and especially intercourse with a person unwilling or unable to give consent <the youthful offender had been in prison barely a week when he was violated in the shower room> Synonyms assault, force, outrage, ravish, rapeRelated Words date rape; gang rape; molest; paw; defile, deflower

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