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tr.v. vi·o·lat·ed, vi·o·lat·ing, vi·o·lates
1. To disregard or act in a manner that does not conform to (a law or promise, for example).
2. To assault (a person) sexually.
3. To do harm to (property or qualities considered sacred); desecrate or defile.
4. To disturb rudely or improperly; interrupt: violated our privacy.

[Middle English violaten, from Latin violāre, violāt-, from vīs, vi-, force; see weiə- in Indo-European roots.]

vi′o·la′tive adj.
vi′o·la′tor n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.violator - someone who violates the lawviolator - someone who violates the law  
criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw - someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
2.violator - someone who assaults others sexuallyviolator - someone who assaults others sexually
debauchee, libertine, rounder - a dissolute person; usually a man who is morally unrestrained


[ˈvaɪəleɪtəʳ] N [of law] → infractor(a) m/f, violador(a) m/f; [of agreement, rights] → violador(a) m/f


n (of treaty)Vertragsbrüchige(r) mf; (of laws)Gesetzesverletzer(in) m(f); (of holy place)Schänder(in) m(f); (of woman)Schänder m; the violator of these rules …wer gegen diese Regeln verstößt, …
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It makes him hated above all things, as I have said, to be rapacious, and to be a violator of the property and women of his subjects, from both of which he must abstain.
For example, in the use of the word `father,' would the care of a father be implied and the filial reverence and duty and obedience to him which the law commands; and is the violator of these duties to be regarded as an impious and unrighteous person who is not likely to receive much good either at the hands of God or of man?
As a further provision for the efficacy of the federal powers, they took an oath mutually to defend and protect the united cities, to punish the violators of this oath, and to inflict vengeance on sacrilegious despoilers of the temple.
These two men are old offenders," he explained to the angry owner; "and they are most persistent violators of the fish and game laws.
Sometimes they threaten the violator by confiscating his driving licence or his registration book.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to include comment from an individual on the toll violator list.
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In addition, the growth in parole violator admissions during the past two decades was so sharp that such admissions to state prisons in 2000 approximates the total number of offenders admitted to state prisons in 1980.
A parole violator filed a [section] 1983 action alleging that prison officials deprived him of his right to due process when they removed him from a substance abuse program.
McKee, the court reviewed a case based in Nashville, Tennessee involving the police pursuit of a 13-year-old traffic violator.
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Western Visayas - The province of Negros Occidental has been the top violator of forestry laws in Western Visayas, according to Livino Duran, regional technical director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-6)'s Forest Management Service in Region VI.