What does the word violate mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Violator.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • Violation.

  • Part of speech: verb transitive

  • To break, as a law or an oath; transgress.

  • Part of speech: verb transitive

  • To treat irreverently; do violence to; abuse.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Violative.

Usage examples for violate

  1. That decision had argued that separate facilities, if they were equal, did not violate a citizen's right to equal protection under the law. – The Black Experience in America The Immigrant Heritage of America by Norman Coombs
  2. They conferred upon all future generations of men an inestimable benefit, for they established the doctrine that the individual man has rights which the collective society of men may not violate. – Church and State as Seen in the Formation of Christendom by T. W. Allies
  3. This generous feeling they cherish toward the most distant nations, and it was natural, therefore, that it should be awakened with more than common warmth in behalf of their immediate neighbors; but it does not belong to their character as a community to seek the gratification of those feelings in acts which violate their duty as citizens, endanger the peace of their country, and tend to bring upon it the stain of a violated faith toward foreign nations. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various