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[vahy-uh-ley-shuh n] /ˌvaɪ əˈleɪ ʃən/
the act of violating.
the state of being violated.
a breach, infringement, or transgression, as of a law, rule, promise, etc.:
He was fined for a traffic violation.
desecration; profanation:
the violation of a cemetery.
sexual molestation, especially rape.
a distortion of meaning or fact.
Origin of violation
late Middle English
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
3. See breach. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for violation
  • Failing to take attendance, for instance, is not only a violation of policy but also a felony breach of security.
  • Of course, it has always been a violation of the city's health code to allow a dog anywhere near a beer tap.
  • In the days since, a media firestorm has ensued over a perceived violation of civil liberties by transit system officials.
  • Anyone convicted of a violation could be sentenced to a long prison term.
  • The indictments were for the violation of the election laws.
  • It was a complete and utter violation of that sanctified calm.
  • Music is a form whose meaning depends upon its violation.
  • Anger is the correct response to the violation of one s personal boundaries and integrity.
  • All medical practice aimed at getting people pregnant is malpractice and a gross violation of professional ethics.
  • And its violation is easier to prove than liability, which the state's court said the civil trial should have argued.
Word Origin and History for violation

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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