Definition of molestation in English:

molestation

Pronunciation /məʊlɛˈsteɪʃ(ə)n//mɒlɛˈsteɪʃ(ə)n/

noun

mass noun
  • 1Sexual assault or abuse of a person, especially a woman or child.

    ‘he was tried for molestation of two young girls’
    count noun ‘the boy said the alleged molestations occurred two days apart’
    • ‘Child molestation is an ugly topic to begin with.’
    • ‘The poems, the songs, the quotes—all of them have a link to child abuse or child molestation.’
    • ‘He was convicted at various times for auto theft, selling narcotics, blackmail, and child molestation.’
    • ‘A previously unseen video became key evidence in the child molestation trial yesterday.’
    • ‘He has pleaded not guilty to 10 felony charges of child molestation.’
    • ‘It became his unexpected collaboration with a family destroyed by the (still unproven) accusation of sexual molestation of children.’
    • ‘If questioned, he would probably be too ashamed to verify any molestation.’
    • ‘Despite admitting to previous acts of molestation for which he was never charged, he denied all the charges made against him.’
    • ‘He faithfully records the man's sex acts, which include the molestation of hundreds of children, with calm, calculated efficiency.’
    • ‘If you're about to flame me just for mentioning child molestation in my fiction, please wait a few chapters first.’
  • 2dated The action of pestering or harassing someone in an aggressive or persistent manner.

    ‘the soldiers were allowed to depart without molestation’
    • ‘They were granted their property rights, without molestation from any, "accepting any lands that doth or may appeer of right to belonge to any Indian or Indians."’
    • ‘They solicited civic protection for their own conscientious practice of religion, pleading freedom from all oppression and molestation.’
    • ‘These visitors could sojourn there as long as they pleased, to go where they pleased at every hour of the day or night without molestation.’
    • ‘These peoples agreed that none of them would make peace with the Blackfeet until the latter "shall permit them to hunt without molestation on the buffalo plains."’
    • ‘The Emperor agrees that British subjects shall be allowed to carry on their mercantile pursuits, without molestation or restraint, at these designated cities and towns.’

Pronunciation

molestation

/məʊlɛˈsteɪʃ(ə)n//mɒlɛˈsteɪʃ(ə)n/