molest

molest
mo|lest [məˈlest] v [T]
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: molester, from Latin molestare, from molestus 'heavy, annoying', from moles 'mass']
1.) to attack or harm someone, especially a child, by touching them in a sexual way or by trying to have sex with them
= ↑abuse
men who molest young boys
2.) old-fashioned to attack and physically harm someone
a dog that was molesting sheep
>molester n
>molestation [ˌməuleˈsteıʃən US ˌmou-] n [U]
sexual molestation

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • molest — mo·lest /mə lest/ vt 1: to annoy, disturb, or persecute esp. with hostile intent or injurious effect 2: to make annoying sexual advances to; specif: to force physical and usu. sexual contact on (as a child) mo·les·ta·tion /ˌmō ˌles tā shən, ˌmä …   Law dictionary

  • molest — [v1] physically abuse accost, assail, attack, disorganize, displace, disturb, encroach, fondle, harm, hinder, hurt, illtreat, injure, interfere, intrude, maltreat, meddle, misuse, rape; concepts 246,375 Ant. be careful, guard, protect molest [v2] …   New thesaurus

  • molest — [mə lest′, mōlest′] vt. [ME molesten < OFr molester < L molestare < molestus, troublesome < moles, a burden: see MOLE3] 1. to annoy, interfere with, or meddle with so as to trouble or harm, or with intent to trouble or harm ☆ 2. to… …   English World dictionary

  • Molest — Mo*lest , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Molested}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Molesting}.] [F. molester, L. molestare, fr. molestus troublesome, fr. moles a heavy mass, load, burden. See 3d {Mole}.] To trouble; to disturb; to render uneasy; to interfere with; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Molest — Mo*lest , n. Molestation. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • molest — (v.) late 14c., to cause trouble, grief, or vexation, from O.Fr. molester to torment, trouble, bother (12c.) and directly from L. molestare to disturb, trouble, annoy, from molestus troublesome, annoying, unmanageable, perhaps related to moles… …   Etymology dictionary

  • molest — ► VERB 1) pester or harass in a hostile way. 2) assault or abuse sexually. DERIVATIVES molestation noun molester noun. ORIGIN Latin molestare annoy , from molestus troublesome …   English terms dictionary

  • molest — UK [məˈlest] / US verb [transitive] Word forms molest : present tense I/you/we/they molest he/she/it molests present participle molesting past tense molested past participle molested 1) to hurt someone, especially a child, by touching them in a… …   English dictionary

  • molest — verb Molest is used with these nouns as the object: ↑child …   Collocations dictionary

  • molest —    to assault sexually    Originally, to inconvenience, but so pervasive is the euphemism that a female may be reported as having been brutally assaulted but not molested, unless the assailant s motives were sexual as well as predatory:     I… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

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