molest

[ muh-lest ]SEE DEFINITION OF molest

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MOLEST

Of such as wandering near her secret bower, Molest her ancient solitary reign.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "to cause trouble, grief, or vexation," from Old French molester "to torment, trouble, bother" (12c.) and directly from Latin molestare "to disturb, trouble, annoy," from molestus "troublesome, annoying, unmanageable," perhaps related to moles "mass" (see mole (n.3)) on notion of either "burden" or "barrier." Meaning "sexually assault" first attested 1950. Related: Molested; molesting.

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