breach

[ breech ]
/ britʃ /

noun

verb (used with object)

to make a breach or opening in.
to break or act contrary to (a law, promise, etc.).

verb (used without object)

(of a whale) to leap partly or completely out of the water, head first, and land on the back or belly with a resounding splash.

Origin of breach

before 1000; Middle English breche, Old English bræc breaking; see break

Related forms

breach·er, nounnon·breach, nounnon·breach·ing, adjectiveun·breached, adjective

Can be confused

breach breech

Synonym study

2. Breach, infraction, violation, transgression all denote in some way the breaking of a rule or law or the upsetting of a normal and desired state. Breach is used infrequently in reference to laws or rules, more often in connection with desirable conditions or states of affairs: a breach of the peace, of good manners, of courtesy. Infraction most often refers to clearly formulated rules or laws: an infraction of the criminal code, of university regulations, of a labor contract. Violation, a stronger term than either of the preceding two, often suggests intentional, even forceful or aggressive, refusal to obey the law or to respect the rights of others: repeated violations of parking regulations; a human rights violation. Transgression, with its root sense of “a stepping across (of a boundary of some sort),” applies to any behavior that exceeds the limits imposed by a law, especially a moral law, a commandment, or an order; it often implies sinful behavior: a serious transgression of social customs, of God's commandments.
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British Dictionary definitions for breach

breach

/ (briːtʃ) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for breach

Old English bræc; influenced by Old French brèche, from Old High German brecha, from brechan to break
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