Adjective "violate" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Break or fail to comply with (a rule or formal agreement)
  1. 'Also unlike current lawmakers, the first deputies faced huge fines of up to half their monthly salaries for missing a hearing without excuse or violating the rules on how to speak during a session.'
  2. 'The earth lies polluted under its inhabitants; for they have transgressed the laws, violated the statutes, broken the everlasting covenant.'
  3. 'If anyone violates the law, they must face the consequences.'
  4. 'In California, making an agreement to violate the law can be a misdemeanor - or a felony!'
  5. 'The plantation owners, although willing to violate organisational rules in normal times, closed ranks in times of troubles.'
  6. 'Executives and employees violating the rules could face penalties, the paper said.'
  7. 'He was the quintessential intellectual maverick - a man who thrived on bending the rules and violating the regulations.'
  8. 'Anyone violating these regulations is expected to face a legal process and punishment.'
  9. 'If the new rules violate the law, the courts will take care of that.'
  10. 'The power that sub-units wield in federations often restricts or violates majority rule, in ways that merit careful scrutiny.'
  11. 'they denied that human rights were being violated'
  12. 'He wants to go to court to denounce my government for violating his human rights.'
  13. 'Moreover, transforming this view into a legal ban, and imposing it on Jane Doe and other parents, would violate their Constitutional right to privacy.'
  14. 'I can't wait until they start howling about their email address private property rights being violated.'
  15. 'My own human rights were violated only a few weeks ago.'
  16. 'I always believe in the necessity, if not the virtue, of intervention when human rights are violated, when human life is at stake and when liberty is being curtailed.'
  17. 'They said the salary was unfair and violated human rights.'
  18. 'Such imbalances should be corrected but in manner that equally protects, not equally violates the privacy rights of men and women.'
  19. 'Some lawyers said that the practice of asking customers to show a marriage certificate severely violated their human rights.'
  20. 'To deny prisoners access to such magazines violates their human rights.'
  21. 'Now they went into the house, and they basically violated liberty rights.'
Treat (something sacred) with irreverence or disrespect.
  1. 'Native American petitioners had argued that the project would seriously damage what they held sacred and therefore violate the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.'
  2. 'They violated the sacred trust that connects leader and follower.'
  3. 'Other congregations avoid technology, feeling it violates the sacred space.'
  4. '‘What matters to us is to rid our countries of the aggressors, to confront those who attack us, who violate what we hold sacred, or steal our riches,’ he said.'
  5. 'Extreme cases come from martyrs who choose death rather than violate principles which are sacred to them.'
  6. 'Even so, the Europeans were intruders, emerging by the score from their towering vessels, appearing and disappearing without warning, violating sacred sites.'
  7. 'All accused of violating the sacred space of the child are immediately assumed to be guilty.'
  8. 'Some laws are so sacred that we must willingly die rather than violate them.'
  9. 'By taking the lives of their children, along with their own, parents violate this sacred and most fundamental right of their children.'
  10. 'Now this can be quite violating of certain sacred norms and traditions.'
Rape or sexually assault (someone).
  1. 'That she was back in his room with him touching her, hurting her, violating her.'
  2. 'A rapist would have violated her and left her on the forest bed, not caring whether she lived or died.'
  3. 'She shouldered a full waterskin, and a bundle of wrapped dried meat and flour, and stepped into the footsteps of the men who had violated her and murdered her lover.'
  4. 'Every time he looked at her, he remembered how she violated him.'
  5. 'Yes, he violated me, but he did not rape me.'
  6. '‘When the film came out I felt undressed, and not just because I was sexually violated,’ she says, toying with her fruit salad.'
  7. 'After he finished violating her, he then ransacked the room stealing 1,000 baht in cash and other items before leaving.'
  8. 'She then decided to join them and shortly after a few drinks the men forced her onto the bed, restraining her while each of the 13 delinquent youths violated her.'
  9. 'He felt like he was violating her if he just pulled her top off.'
  10. 'We have all shed tears because we were violated.'

More definitions

1. to break, infringe, or transgress (a law, rule, agreement, promise, instructions, etc.).

2. to break in upon or disturb rudely; interfere thoughtlessly with: to violate his privacy.

3. to break through or pass by force or without right: to violate a frontier.

4. to treat irreverently or disrespectfully; desecrate; profane: violate a human right.

5. to molest sexually, especially to rape.

More examples(as adjective)

"employers can be violate in/at/on dates."

"plans can be violate in/at/on months."

"employers can be violate."

"payoffs can be violate."

"moves can be violate."

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Late Middle English: from Latin violat- ‘treated violently’, from the verb violare.