|1.||[ verb ] fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns|
"He violated the agreement to stay away from his ex-wife" "You are breaking the law!"
|Related terms:||conform_to fly_in_the_face_of violation|
|2.||[ verb ] act in disregard of laws and rules|
|Synonyms:||break breach transgress go_against infract offend|
"offend all laws of humanity" "violate the basic laws or human civilization" "break a law"
|Related terms:||disrespect sin trespass sin conflict trespass misdemeanor breach wrongdoer evildoing|
|3.||[ verb ] harm or destroy|
"Don't violate my garden"
|4.||[ verb ] (criminal law) violate the sacred character of a place or language|
|Synonyms:||desecrate outrage profane|
"desecrate a cemetary" "violate the sanctity of the church" "profane the name of God"
|Related terms:||assail profanation irreverence|
|5.||[ verb ] (criminal law,sexuality) force (someone) to have sex against their will|
|Synonyms:||rape dishonour dishonor outrage assault ravish|
"The woman was raped on her way home at night"
|Related terms:||assail gang-rape raper outrage violator rape|
|6.||[ verb ] destroy and strip of its possession|
|Synonyms:||despoil plunder spoil rape|
"The soldiers raped the beautiful country"
|Related terms:||destroy spoil spoil plundering rape|