molest

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v molest annoy continually or chronically "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked","This man harasses his female co-workers"
    • v molest harass or assault sexually; make indecent advances to
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Molest Molestation.
    • v. t Molest To trouble; to disturb; to render uneasy; to interfere with; to vex. "They have molested the church with needless opposition."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • molest To trouble; disturb; harass; vex; meddle with injuriously.
    • molest Synonyms Annoy, Plague, etc. (see tease), incommode, discommode, inconvenience.
    • n molest Trouble.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Molest mō-lest′ to trouble
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Quotations

  • James Dye
    James Dye
    “We're sleeping and there's a bunch of creepy old dudes molesting us.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. molester, L. molestare, fr. molestus, troublesome, fr. moles, a heavy mass, load, burden. See 3d Mole
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. molester—L. molestāremolestus—moles, mass, difficulty.

Usage

In literature:

They will not be in haste to molest us again.
"French and English" by Evelyn Everett-Green
I will give the 'Traps' a hint not to molest him unless he betakes himself to roguery again, and I suppose that he will some day.
"The Gold Hunter's Adventures" by William H. Thomes
However, they succeeded in passing the night without further molestation.
"The Life and Adventures of Kit Carson, the Nestor of the Rocky Mountains, from Facts Narrated by Himself" by De Witt C. Peters
But by what I hear there is little danger of molestation till one reaches Hammerton Heath.
"The Lost Treasure of Trevlyn" by Evelyn Everett-Green
His people must not molest me again, but let me go where I liked.
"The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death, Volume I (of 2), 1866-1868" by David Livingstone
He sees women do him no harm, and never molests them; a man without a spear is nearly safe from him.
"The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death, Volume II (of 2), 1869-1873" by David Livingstone
Neither animal nor vagabond molested them.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
Don't you know that the orders are positive against molesting the inhabitants?
"The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood" by Arthur Griffiths
Just as sure as you molest a woman in this section, just so sure will I kill you no matter who your friends are!
"The Trail Horde" by Charles Alden Seltzer
I don't think that man will molest us any more.
"The Lion of Saint Mark" by G. A. Henty
We were accordingly on the watch till morning, without, however, being molested.
"A Narrative of the Expedition to Dongola and Sennaar" by George Bethune English
I will not have him molested.
"The Black Douglas" by S. R. Crockett
The Spanish fleet did not venture to molest further so desperate a foe.
"English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century" by James Anthony Froude
Galli moleste ferebant Romanos agros vastare.
"Latin for Beginners" by Benjamin Leonard D'Ooge
In the meantime the Americans had made their earthworks so strong that Howe decided not to molest them.
"Stories of Later American History" by Wilbur F. Gordy
It happened that a regiment was encamped not a hundred yards away, but they did not molest us.
"Famous Adventures And Prison Escapes of the Civil War" by Various
They had travelled seventy-five leagues through the enemy's country without being attacked or molested.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
Were you molested by the brigands?
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
If the tree be shaken, the ants rush out in myriads, and search about for the molester.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 7" by Charles H. Sylvester
As the natives appeared to have no weapons, and offered no trouble, they were not molested.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Philippines" by H. Irving Hancock
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In poetry:

One silent night of late,
When every creature rested,
Came one unto my gate,
And knocking, me molested.
"The Cheat Of Cupid; Or, The Ungentle Guest" by Robert Herrick
Quiet, close, and warm,
Sheltered from all molestation,
And recalling by their voices
Youth and travel.
"To An Old Danish Songbook" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Soiled and dull thou art;
Yellow are thy time-worn pages,
As the russet, rain-molested
Leaves of autumn.
"To An Old Danish Songbook" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Sleep, comrades, sleep and rest
On this Field of the Grounded Arms,
Where foes no more molest,
Nor sentry's shot alarms!
"In The Harbour: Decoration Day" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Our herds shall suffer no evil there,
But peacefully feed and rest them;
Never thereto shall prowling bear
Or serpent come to molest them.
"The Happy Isles" by Eugene Field
Our herds shall fear no evil there,
But peacefully feed and rest them;
Neither shall serpent nor prowling bear
Ever come there to molest them.
"The "Happy Isles" of Horace" by Eugene Field

In news:

A 34-year-old Muskegon man has been charged with sexually molesting a girl between the ages of 13-15.
Ellie Nesler, center, speaks to the media July 13, 1993 outside of the Superior Court of Tuolumne County in Sonora, Calif, on the first day of her trial on charges of murdering her son's alleged molester.
Confessed molester goes unpunished , district attorney says.
A man once charged with raping and molesting children multiple times is now free, and this isn't the first time it has happened in Fort Wingate.
Bill O'Reilly Confused by the Difference Between Gays and Child Molesters.
Former Sequim pastor Steven Welty was found guilty of six counts of child rape, six counts of child molestation and six counts of incest by Clallam County Superior Court judge Brooke Taylor today, Oct 6.
Joseph DiGregorio had been accused of molesting a teenage girl in the late 1960s .
FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks-area Boy Scout leaders blacklisted at least three child molesters who served locally with the organization in the early 1980s , according to a huge cache of documents released this week by the Boy Scouts of America.
Robert Ruark, also known as "Father Silas," is accused of molesting at least six people during his nearly two decades as head of Saint Timothy Orthodox Christian Church.
Father of alleged child molester Daniel Hall terrorized northern Genesee County in 1990s .
Brownsville man arrested for abduction , molesting 7-year-old girl.
An anti-sex- abuse activist who was a daily fixture at the trial of child molester Nechemya Weberman was splashed with bleach in his face yesterday on a Brooklyn street.
BERINO, NM — New details on a Berino man accused of molesting a 3-year-old boy.
A Catholic priest who pleaded guilty Thursday to molesting two underage brothers is banned from "ever exercising priestly ministry," according to a statement from the Archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis.
Recently she accused her husband of molesting their 4-year-old daughter.
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