See also: Violâte

English edit

Etymology edit

From Latin violātus, past participle of violāre (treat with violence, whether bodily or mental), from vīs (strength, power, force, violence).

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈvaɪəˌleɪt/
  • (file)

Verb edit

violate (third-person singular simple present violates, present participle violating, simple past and past participle violated)

  1. (transitive) To break or disregard (a rule or convention).
    Antonyms: comply, obey
    Drinking-and-driving violates the law.
    Accessing unauthorized files violates security protocol.
  2. (transitive) To rape.
    • 1796, Matthew Gregory Lewis, The Monk:
      That Antonia whom you violated, was your Sister! That Elvira whom you murdered, gave you birth! Tremble, abandoned Hypocrite! Inhuman Parricide! Incestuous Ravisher!
  3. (transitive, prison slang) To cite (a person) for a parole violation.
    • 2009, Shakti Belway, Bearing Witness, page 12:
      If you don't have a job, you can't pay the money, then you get violated and have to go back to prison.
    • 2014, Juanita Díaz-Cotto, Chicana Lives and Criminal Justice: Voices from El Barrio, page 165:
      Estela: Well, they'd take me to jail, I'd violate, and I go to prison. And maybe I get violated for six months, eight months . . . maybe 30 days, 60 days . . . You know, whatever the parole officer recommended for me, I got.

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Italian edit

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /vi.oˈla.te/, /vjoˈla.te/[1]
  • Rhymes: -ate
  • Hyphenation: vi‧o‧là‧te, vio‧là‧te

Etymology 1 edit

Verb edit


  1. inflection of violare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative

Etymology 2 edit

Participle edit

violate f pl

  1. feminine plural of violato

References edit

  1. ^ violare in Luciano Canepari, Dizionario di Pronuncia Italiana (DiPI)

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Verb edit


  1. second-person plural present active imperative of violō

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Verb edit


  1. second-person singular voseo imperative of violar combined with te