molestation


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mo·lest

 (mə-lĕst′)
tr.v. mo·lest·ed, mo·lest·ing, mo·lests
1. To disturb, interfere with, or annoy: "Adams warned them not to molest American ships engaged in lawful commerce" (Walter McDougall).
2.
a. To subject (a child) to sexual contact.
b. To subject (an adult) to unwanted sexual contact.

[Middle English molesten, from Old French molester, from Latin molestāre, from molestus, troublesome.]

mo′les·ta′tion (mō′lĕ-stā′shən) n.
mo·lest′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.molestation - the act of subjecting someone to unwanted or improper sexual advances or activity (especially women or children)molestation - the act of subjecting someone to unwanted or improper sexual advances or activity (especially women or children)
sex crime, sex offense, sexual abuse, sexual assault - a statutory offense that provides that it is a crime to knowingly cause another person to engage in an unwanted sexual act by force or threat; "most states have replaced the common law definition of rape with statutes defining sexual assault"
2.molestation - the act of tormenting by continued persistent attacks and criticismmolestation - the act of tormenting by continued persistent attacks and criticism
mistreatment - the practice of treating (someone or something) badly; "he should be punished for his mistreatment of his mother"
baiting - harassment especially of a tethered animal
badgering, bedevilment, worrying, torment - the act of harassing someone
sexual harassment - unwelcome sexual behavior by a supervisor toward an employee
tantalization, teasing, ribbing, tease - the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances; "he ignored their teases"; "his ribbing was gentle but persistent"
witch-hunt - searching out and harassing dissenters
Translations

molestation

[ˌməʊlesˈteɪʃən] N
1. (= sexual abuse) → abusos mpl sexuales, abusos mpl deshonestos
2. (= trouble) → importunidad f

molestation

nBelästigung f
References in classic literature ?
The savages now fell back, and seemed content to let their enemies advance without further molestation.
He made no offer of molestation or sociability, but kept aloof on one side of the road, jogging along on the blind side of old Gunpowder, who had now got over his fright and waywardness.
If, leaving here, you seek any refuge in this town in any character but your true one (which you are welcome to bear, without molestation from me), the same service shall be done you, if I hear of your retreat.
But, we held our own, without any appearance of molestation.
The Council declined interference with the course of the ordinary justice of the county, (which was completely under the said Earl of Cassilis' control,) and only enacted, that he should forbear molestation of the unfortunate Comendator, under the surety of two thousand pounds Scots.
I believe the readiness of our return volley had scattered the mutineers once more, for we were suffered without further molestation to get the poor old gamekeeper hoisted over the stockade and carried, groaning and bleeding, into the log-house.
They continued their march the next morning, keeping scouts ahead and upon their flanks, and arrived without further molestation at Pierre's Hole.
In the present instance the travellers effected the laborious ascent of this part of the river, with all its various portages, without molestation, and once more launched away in smooth water above the high falls.
To the note taker] Really, sir, if you are a detective, you need not begin protecting me against molestation by young women until I ask you.
I knew this was done solely for the purpose of annoying me; and, therefore, however I might inwardly tremble with impatience and irritation, I manfully strove to suppress all visible signs of molestation, and affected to sit with calm indifference, waiting till it should please him to cease this pastime, and prepare for a run in the garden, by casting his eye on the book and reading or repeating the few words he was required to say.
Them he never injured; their fences, their stock, their crops, their wives and daughters were safe from molestation even though the neighboring castle of their lord might be sacked from the wine cellar to the ramparts of the loftiest tower.
They rattled through the quiet streets, made their call at the captain's lodgings, cleared the town, and emerged upon the open road, without hindrance or molestation.