[ vahy-uh-ley-shuh n ]
/ ˌvaɪ əˈleɪ ʃən /


the act of violating.
the state of being violated.
a breach, infringement, or transgression, as of a law, rule, promise, etc.: He was fined for a traffic violation.
desecration; profanation: the violation of a cemetery.
sexual molestation, especially rape.
a distortion of meaning or fact.

Origin of violation

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin violātiōn- (stem of violātiō), equivalent to violāt(us) (see violate) + -iōn- -ion

Related forms

vi·o·la·tion·al, adjectivenon·vi·o·la·tion, nounpre·vi·o·la·tion, nounre·vi·o·la·tion, noun

Synonym study

3. See breach. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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