From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Violate \Vi"o*late\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Violates; p. pr. &
   vb. n. Violating.] [L. violatus, p. p. of violare to
   violate, fr. vis strength, force. See Violent.]
   1. To treat in a violent manner; to abuse.
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            His wife Boadicea violated with stripes, his
            daughters with rape.                  --Milton.
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   2. To do violence to, as to anything that should be held
      sacred or respected; to profane; to desecrate; to break
      forcibly; to trench upon; to infringe.
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            Violated vows
            'Twixt the souls of friend and friend. --Shak.
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            Oft have they violated
            The temple, oft the law, with foul affronts.
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   3. To disturb; to interrupt. "Employed, it seems, to violate
      sleep." --Milton.
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   4. To commit rape on; to ravish; to outrage.
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   Syn: To injure; disturb; interrupt; infringe; transgress;
        profane; deflour; debauch; dishonor.
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