violate


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violate

(vī′ĕ-lāt″) [L. violare, to injure]
To harm or injure a person, esp. to rape a female.
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To mention that this impulse took effect without mentioning sundry other of his current impressions with which it had nothing to do is perhaps to violate proportion and give a false idea; but to pass it by would be still more unjust.
A jeddak does not wed a married woman, nor will Salensus Oll thus violate the bonds of matrimony.
They told us the jewelers would not dare to violate this law, and that whatever a stranger bought in one of their stores might be depended upon as being strictly what it was represented to be.
Were his house a den of thieves, were Vaux a cave of coiners or robbers, his home is sacred, his palace is inviolable, since his wife is living in it; and that is an asylum which even executioners would not dare to violate.
I should be given a small room as a favor, the soldiers would violate my father's newly dug grave to steal his crosses and stars, they would tell me of their victories over the Russians, and would pretend to sympathize with my sorrow.
What worse sacrilege was there than to attempt to violate what he perceived by seeking to impart it?
Dagger in hand, La, the High Priestess, towered above the helpless creature that had dared to violate the sanctuary of her deity.
He could not re- thumb himself in a day, nor could he violate the intrinsic kindliness of his nature; so, at such moments, he smiled at the girls in warm human friendliness.
One cannot violate the promptings of one's nature without having that nature recoil upon itself.
I could not violate my sense of hospitality by compelling them to endure this hardship.
This being so, it is impossible that you, who profess the holy creed, should suffer your daughter to violate it.
I know of none of his plays that is of wrong effect, or that violates the instincts of purity, or insults common sense with the romantic pretence that wrong will be right if you will only paint it rose-color.