molestation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n molestation the act of tormenting by continued persistent attacks and criticism
    • n molestation the act of subjecting someone to unwanted or improper sexual advances or activity (especially women or children)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Molestation The act of molesting, or the state of being molested; disturbance; annoyance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n molestation The act of molesting.
    • n molestation The state of being molested; annoyance; vexatious interference.
    • n molestation In Scots law, the troubling or harassing of one in the possession of his lands. An action of molestation arises chiefly in questions of commonty or of controverted marches or land-boundaries. Synonyms See tease.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Molestation state of being molested: annoyance
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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
Cf. F. molestation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. molester—L. molestāremolestus—moles, mass, difficulty.

Usage

In literature:

Arrangements were quickly made to enable the broken troops to get away without further molestation.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
The pro-slavers waited a few days, and finding there was no move to molest them, grew bold.
"An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill (Colonel W. F. Cody)" by Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody)
But we reached home without molestation.
"Personal Recollections of Pardee Butler" by Pardee Butler
Birney went with his belongings to Ohio, thinking that upon the soil of a free State he would be safe from molestation.
"The Abolitionists" by John F. Hume
The fine for molesting a condor should be raised to $500, with a long prison-term as an alternative.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
She gave me my breakfast in the morning and I walked out of the front door without being molested.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
No one would molest La Croissette the needle-seller, not even a dragoon.
"Jacques Bonneval" by Anne Manning
The Regent shall not molest the preachers nor suffer the clergy to molest them for cause of religion till that date.
"John Knox and the Reformation" by Andrew Lang
When I gained the open street once more and breathed the open air, no one molesting or troubling me, I could have sung with joy.
"Helmet of Navarre" by Bertha Runkle
The bold trappers proceeded on their way, encountering no more serious molestation.
"Christopher Carson" by John S. C. Abbott
I felt that mine was the blame that he was here to molest them.
"The Shadow of a Crime A Cumbrian Romance" by Hall Caine
Then you must come again to consult me, that your parents may not be molested because of your misdeeds.
"Myths and Legends of China" by E. T. C. Werner
Tread upon the adder and it will bite; and, when molested, I bite like the adder.
"The Lancashire Witches" by William Harrison Ainsworth
They were marching in Canal street, not in Broadway, and seemed to fear molestation even there.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 2, August, 1864" by Various
She did not believe the Indians would molest them.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
But he did not offer to molest her.
"Ruth Fielding at the War Front" by Alice B. Emerson
Still the old Indian was of opinion that the jaguar seldom attacks human beings unless first molested by them.
"In New Granada" by W.H.G. Kingston
There were lions heard in the night, making the cattle uneasy, but they were not molested.
"Diamond Dyke" by George Manville Fenn
Evidently, she felt she was on her own land, and that no one would dare to molest her, where she was beloved by all.
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
We were not molested in that town again.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
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In poetry:

The Lord to whom my life is joyn'd
For Conscience here opprest
Shall there full retribution find
And none his Claimes molest
"A Contemplation" by Anne Kingsmill Finch
The law brings terror to molest.
The gospel gives the weary rest:
The one does flags of death display,
The other shows the living way.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
My dream is o’er, my heart at rest;
No idle hopes its peace molest;
Never again will love of mine
Be cast, rejected, from thy shrine.
"Balm of Gilead" by S C Edgarton
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
Farewell! Pursue in peace thy way;
I care not where they feet may stray;
No idle griefs my peace molest,
My love is o’er, my heart at rest.
"Balm of Gilead" by S C Edgarton
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:

Search Warrant In Skelly 's Child Molestation Investigation.
Judge grants motions for slumber party molestation trial.
Elderly Southmost man arrested in molestation case.
Veteran Philadelphia Sportswriter Bill Conlin Accused of Molesting Children.
Hall of Fame sportswriter Bill Conlin, an employee of the Philadelphia Daily News for more than 40 years, retired from the paper yesterday after four people said Conlin molested them when they were children.
A Spotsylvania County man who repeatedly molested two young girls--including one who was only 4 when the attacks started--was convicted Tuesday of seven felonies.
A Minnesota man who says he was molested by a Catholic priest in the 1980s is calling on the Legislature to extend the statute of limitations in cases like his.
It takes a load of courage for a victim of molestation to come forward to make their case.
A man who molested his stepdaughter and then prostituted her at his home has been sentenced to life in prison by a Fulton County judge.
A former Sulphur Springs police chief was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday after admitting to molesting a family member more than a decade ago.
Children's Talent Agent Arrested for Child Molestation.
Accuser says she was molested from age 12.
An advocate for sexual abuse victims claims he knows of a 4th alleged victim, who is accusing Bernie Fine of molestation.
More victims come forward accusing Tim Dampier of molestation.
Firefighter Acquitted of Child Molestation.
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