(Vi`o*las"cent) a. Violescent. [R.]
(Vi"o*late) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Violates ; p. pr. & vb. n. Violating.] [L. violatus, p. p. of violare
to violate, fr. vis strength, force. See Violent.]
1. To treat in a violent manner; to abuse.
His wife Boadicea violated with stripes, his daughters with rape.Milton.
2. To do violence to, as to anything that should be held sacred or respected; to profane; to desecrate; to
break forcibly; to trench upon; to infringe.
'Twixt the souls of friend and friend.
Oft have they violatedMilton.
The temple, oft the law, with foul affronts.
3. To disturb; to interrupt. "Employed, it seems, to violate sleep." Milton.
4. To commit rape on; to ravish; to outrage.
Syn. To injure; disturb; interrupt; infringe; transgress; profane; deflour; debauch; dishonor.
(Vi`o*la"tion) n. [L. violatio: cf. F. violation.] The act of violating, treating with violence, or
injuring; the state of being violated. Specifically:
(a) Infringement; transgression; nonobservance; as, the violation of law or positive command, of covenants,
promises, etc. "The violation of my faith." Shak.
(b) An act of irreverence or desecration; profanation or contemptuous treatment of sacred things; as, the
violation of a church. Udall.
(c) Interruption, as of sleep or peace; disturbance.
(d) Ravishment; rape; outrage. Shak.
(Vi"o*la*tive) a. Violating, or tending to violate.
(Vi"o*la`tor) n. [L.] One who violates; an infringer; a profaner; a ravisher.
(Vi"ole) n. A vial. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Vi"o*lence) n. [F., fr. L. violentia. See Violent.]
1. The quality or state of being violent; highly excited action, whether physical or moral; vehemence; impetuosity; force.
You ask with such a violence, the king,
Mine and your master, with his own hand gave me.
All the elementsMilton.
At least had gone to wrack, disturbed and torn
With the violence of this conflict.
2. Injury done to that which is entitled to respect, reverence, or observance; profanation; infringement; unjust
force; outrage; assault.
Do violence to do man.Luke iii. 14.
We can not, without offering violence to all records, divine and human, deny an universal deluge.T.