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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.
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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  • It should be noted that superluminal speeds need not entail causality violations, that is back in time signaling.
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  • Other violations of the rule occur, but are scarcely tolerable even in the spoken language.
  • The violations of the laws of nature by our predecessors and our contemporaries are punished in us also.
  • If he will not listen to his conscience, rebuking him for violations of plain duty, let him not dream of self-elevation.
  • But ignoring the regulations won't work in this town as officials take violations seriously.
  • Thousands of pieces of raw and worked ivory were confiscated and workers were charged with tax and import violations.
  • Workers who complained about codified safety violations were reprimanded and, occasionally, fired.
  • About one-third of admissions result from parole violations.
  • Unfortunately, ethics violations will also be part of his legacy.
Word Origin and History for violations



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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