Please help me understand meaning of the word "molest" On the website where I'm learning English words there is definition like that: molest - interfere with & trouble; disturb. But google saying that molest means to touch or attack someone in a sexual way against their wishes. Help me understand which meaning is correct. Thank you.
May 21, 2016 8:11 PM
Answers · 3
Both definitions are correct. When you sexually attack someone, you are interfering with that person and you are disturbing him. To put the matter another way, 'disturb' is the most general meaning, but the word 'molest' also has the special sexual meaning. Because the word has a special sexual meaning, it is better to use some other word for the general meaning. For example, you can use 'bother' or 'disturb'.
May 21, 2016
The basic idea of "molest" is touching in a way that is sexual and unwanted. Any other definition is uncommon and figurative.
May 22, 2016
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