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violation

[vahy-uh-ley-shuh n] /ˌvaɪ əˈleɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of violating.
2.
the state of being violated.
3.
a breach, infringement, or transgression, as of a law, rule, promise, etc.:
He was fined for a traffic violation.
4.
desecration; profanation:
the violation of a cemetery.
5.
sexual molestation, especially rape.
6.
a distortion of meaning or fact.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin violātiōn- (stem of violātiō), equivalent to violāt(us) (see violate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
violational, adjective
nonviolation, noun
previolation, noun
reviolation, noun
Synonyms
3. See breach.
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Word Origin and History for pre-violation

violation

n.

early 15c., from Latin violationem (nominative violatio) "an injury, irreverence," from past participle stem of violare "to violate, treat with violence, outrage, dishonor," perhaps related to vis "violence, strength."

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