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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).
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.
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|Noun||1.||molestation - the act of subjecting someone to unwanted or improper sexual advances or activity (especially women or children)|
|2.||molestation - 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
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