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)


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