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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
Yet if a developer offers people alternate payment options outside the App Store—or even points people to alternatives, however obliquely—they could find themselves in breach of Apple’s “terms of service.”Why Apple let WordPress walk but continues to fight Fortnite’s Epic Games|rhhackettfortune|August 25, 2020|Fortune
Europe could fill the breach, but has its own squabbles, allowing China’s nakedly transactional diplomacy and Russia’s chaos-sowing what-aboutism to advance.
OpenAI’s striking lack of openness seems to us to be a serious breach of scientific ethics, and a distortion of the goals of the associated nonprofit.GPT-3, Bloviator: OpenAI’s language generator has no idea what it’s talking about|Amy Nordrum|August 22, 2020|MIT Technology Review
The Cybersecurity Law had purposely left the regulation of personal data protection vague, but consumer data breaches and theft had reached unbearable levels.Inside China’s unexpected quest to protect data privacy|Tate Ryan-Mosley|August 19, 2020|MIT Technology Review
A similarly risky US advance purchase deal with Paris-based Sanofi—risky because no vaccine is guaranteed to work—created a diplomatic breach with France.Every country wants a covid-19 vaccine. Who will get it first?|Katie McLean|August 13, 2020|MIT Technology Review
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
The FBI and the President may claim that the Hermit Kingdom is to blame for the most high-profile network breach in forever.
Good old Sir Bob Geldof stepping into the breach again to raise money for crisis-hit Africa?
As mentioned, Yahoo has a black stain on its collaboration and severe breach of privacy.
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
After an eight weeks' siege, a breach having been made, the city surrendered, and a month later the fort followed the example.
While secretly countenancing every attack on the Marshal, the Emperor, for family reasons, was loth to come to an open breach.
This decision meant a complete reversal of Swedish foreign policy and a breach with France.
They had reached the foot of the breach, when the fire of the town suddenly ceased.
The place must be battered until a breach was made, and stormed à la Turque.