[in-frinj-muh nt]


a breach or infraction, as of a law, right, or obligation; violation; transgression.
an act of infringing.

Origin of infringement

First recorded in 1585–95; infringe + -ment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for infringement

violation, infraction, transgression, invasion

Examples from the Web for infringement

Contemporary Examples of infringement

Historical Examples of infringement

  • He could not resist the infringement of this rule, however, and continued his experiments.

  • Newbold sued Peacock for infringement and recovered damages.

    The Age of Invention

    Holland Thompson

  • The least infringement of the factory rules was punished to the limit by a system of fines.

    The Forbidden Trail

    Honor Willsie

  • It would be an infringement of the sacredness of his expiatory vow.

    Ernest Linwood

    Caroline Lee Hentz

  • This infringement of the rules drove the Vicar to exasperation.

    The Third Miss Symons

    Flora Macdonald Mayor

Word Origin and History for infringement

1590s, from infringe + -ment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper