KJV Dictionary Definition: violate


VI'OLATE, v.t. L. violo.

1. To injure; to hurt; to interrupt; to disturb; as, to violate sleep.

Kindness for man, and pity for his fate, may mix with bliss and yet not violate.

2. To break; to infringe; to transgress; as, to violate the laws of the state, or the rules of good breeding; to violate the divine commands; to violate one's vows or promises. Promises and commands may be violated negatively, by non-observance.

3. To injure; to do violence to.

Forbid to violate the sacred fruit.

4. To treat with irreverence; to profane; as, to violate the sanctity of a holy place.

5. To ravish; to compress by force.


VI'OLATED, pp. Injured; broken; transgressed; ravished.


VI'OLATING, ppr. Injuring; infringing; ravishing.



1. The act of violating or injuring; interruption, as of sleep or peace.

2. Infringement; transgression; non-observance; as the violation of law or positive command; a violation of covenants, engagements and promises; a violation of vows.

3. Act of irreverence; profanation or contemptuous treatment of sacred things; as the violation of a church.

4. Ravishment; rape.



1. One who violates, injures, interrupts or disturbs; as a violator of repose.

2. One who infringes or transgresses; as a violator of law.

3. One who profanes or treats with irreverence; as a violator of sacred things.

4. A ravisher.