from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or an instance of violating or the condition of being violated. See Synonyms at breach.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act or an instance of violating or the condition of being violated.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of violating, treating with violence, or injuring; the state of being violated.
- n. Infringement; transgression; nonobservance; as, the violation of law or positive command, of covenants, promises, etc.
- n. An act of irreverence or desecration; profanation or contemptuous treatment of sacred things.
- n. Interruption, as of sleep or peace; disturbance.
- n. Ravishment; rape; outrage.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of violating, treating with violence, or injuring; interruption, as of sleep or peace; desecration; an act of irreverence; profanation or contemptuous treatment of sacred or venerable things: as, the violation of a church; infringement; transgression; non-observance: as, a violation of law.
- n. Ravishment; rape.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an act that disregards an agreement or a right
- n. a crime less serious than a felony
- n. the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will
- n. a disrespectful act
- n. entry to another's property without right or permission
From French violation, from Latin violatio ("injury, profanation"), from violare ("violate") (Wiktionary)