verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Origin of breach
synonym study for breach
OTHER WORDS FROM breachbreacher, nounnon·breach, nounnon·breach·ing, adjectiveun·breached, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH breachbreach , breech.
Words nearby breach
What does breach mean?
A breach is a physical break or rupture, as in the hull of a ship. It also means a violation or infraction, as in a breach of trust. It can also be used as a verb referring to the action that leads to each of these things.
Breach is often used in phrases like security breach, data breach, breach of trust, breach of etiquette, and breach of contract.
Example: We view these ethical violations as an unforgivable breach of the public trust, and we call on the senator to resign.
Where does breach come from?
Breach has been in use since before 1000. It comes from the same roots as the word break, and all of its senses relate to breaking or breaking through something.
In a physical sense, to breach something is to break through it. This is often applied to things that aren’t supposed to break, such as the hull of a ship or a thick wall, as in They’ve breached the castle gate! The resulting hole is called a breach.
The figurative sense of breach follows the same pattern. To breach something in this way is to violate it. It’s often applied to abstract things, as in breach the peace. In its figurative sense, it’s perhaps more commonly used as a noun, as in phrases like breach of trust and breach of friendship (in which cases it often refers to a betrayal) and breach of etiquette (meaning a violation of proper behavior). In a legal sense, you can breach a contract by not following it (resulting in a breach of contract). When someone bypasses security, it’s called a security breach. When hackers steal information, it’s called a data breach.
A little more specifically, it’s called a breach when a whale breaches the surface of the water by thrusting itself up out of it.
Breach should not be confused with the homophone breech, which generally refers to the lower part of something.
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What are some other forms related to breach?
- breacher (noun)
- nonbreach (noun)
- nonbreaching (adjective)
- unbreached (adjective)
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How is breach used in real life?
Breach refers to things that have been broken or violated. The break can be physical, but breach more commonly refers to violations of abstract things.
How did the protomolecule instantaneously infiltrate the ship? Did it breach the hull like a missile? #theexpanse
— Iris Pangburn (@Calamitatis) May 17, 2018
Salespeople who send meeting invites unsolicited… don’t. I’ll never work with you once you’ve committed this profound breach of etiquette.
— David Harold (@dcharold) March 5, 2020
I have to tell you, if using your product or service requires me to sign up for a new account, I'm way less likely to use it than I would be with existing credentials (using Sign In with Apple, for example). Too many data breach examples for me to bother these days.
— Peter Cohen (@flargh) February 24, 2020
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Example sentences from the Web for breach
This breach is an extraordinary emotional drag on the exhausted population.In One Corner of Syria, Christmas Spirit Somehow Manages to Survive|Peter Schwartzstein|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Good old Sir Bob Geldof stepping into the breach again to raise money for crisis-hit Africa?
But while progressive attempts to address the class divide have been less than successful, can the Republicans fill the breach?Class Issues, Not Race, Will Likely Seal the Next Election|Joel Kotkin|September 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He receives a letter alleging “breach of contract” over his sabotaging the Commander Cigarettes deal.Mad Men’s Game-Changing Midseason Finale, “Waterloo”: One Door Closes, Another Opens|Marlow Stern|May 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Moreover, the current foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman was charged, though not convicted, with fraud and breach of trust.Ehud Olmert’s Sentencing Won’t Be a Day of Reckoning for Israel’s Leaders|Alon Ben-Meir|May 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He unfolded the sheet and scanned the charges—coercion, larceny, livestock theft, and breach of contract.The Lani People|J. F. Bone
The breach between the two men which led to open collision took place in 1846.
The breach was apparently healed, but rather to avoid a scandal than from sincere forgiveness.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte|William Milligan Sloane
Advancing to the attack, the janissaries burst through the mass of Turks still continuing the conflict, and rushed up the breach.A Knight of the White Cross|G.A. Henty
The law has been declared by the law officers of the Crown to be a breach of the London Convention.The Transvaal from Within|J. P. Fitzpatrick