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Borrowed from Middle French viole, Old French viol, from Old Occitan viola (modern Occitan viula), from Medieval Latin vitula (stringed instrument). See viola.

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viol (plural viols)

  1. (music) A stringed instrument related to the violin family, but held in the lap between the legs like a cello, usually with C-holes, a flat back, a fretted neck and six strings, played with an underhanded bow hold.

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viol (third-person singular simple present viols, present participle violing, simple past and past participle violed)

  1. To play the viol.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      “Keep your gold for those who lack it, mistress,” said Henry, “and do not offer to honest hands the money that is won by violing, and tabouring, and toetripping, and perhaps worse pastimes.
    • Thomas Hardy
      Through snowy woods and shady / We went to play a tune / To the lonely manor-lady / By the light of the Christmas moon. / We violed till, upward glancing / To where a mirror leaned, / It showed her airily dancing []

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From Latin violō, violāre (I treat with violence; I maltreat; I violate, defile, profane).

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  • IPA(key): /vjɔl/
  • (file)

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viol m (plural viols)

  1. a rape

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From Latin violō, violāre (I treat with violence; I maltreat; I violate, defile, profane).

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viol m (plural viols)

  1. (Jersey) rape

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Borrowed from French viol.

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viol n (plural violuri)

  1. rape, violation

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viol c

  1. violet (the flower)