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English verb: violate

1. violate (stative) fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns


SamplesThis sentence violates the rules of syntax.


Synonymsbreak, go against


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)fly in the face of, fly in the teeth of


Antonymsconform to

2. violate (social) act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises


SamplesOffend all laws of humanity.
Violate the basic laws or human civilization.
Break a law.
Break a promise.


Synonymsbreach, break, go against, infract, offend, transgress


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)disrespect


Narrower (hyponym)blunder, boob, conflict, contravene, drop the ball, goof, infringe, intrude, run afoul, sin, sin, transgress, trespass, trespass, trespass


Antonymskeep, observe

3. violate (contact) destroy


SamplesDon't violate my garden.
Violate my privacy.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)disturb, touch

4. violate (social) violate the sacred character of a place or language


SamplesDesecrate a cemetery.
Violate the sanctity of the church.
Profane the name of God.


Synonymsdesecrate, outrage, profane


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)assail, assault, attack, set on

5. violate (social) force (someone) to have sex against their will


SamplesThe woman was raped on her way home at night.


Synonymsassault, dishonor, dishonour, outrage, rape, ravish


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)assail, assault, attack, set on


Narrower (hyponym)gang-rape

6. violate (contact) destroy and strip of its possession


SamplesThe soldiers raped the beautiful country.


ExamplesThey want to violate the prisoners


Synonymsdespoil, plunder, rape, spoil


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)destroy, ruin









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