View synonyms for violation


[ vahy-uh-ley-shuhn ]


  1. the act of violating.
  2. the state of being violated.
  3. a breach, infringement, or transgression, as of a law, rule, promise, etc.:

    He was fined for a traffic violation.

  4. desecration; profanation:

    the violation of a cemetery.

  5. sexual molestation, especially rape.
  6. a distortion of meaning or fact.

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Other Words From

  • vio·lation·al adjective
  • nonvi·o·lation noun
  • previ·o·lation noun
  • revi·o·lation noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of violation1

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

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Synonym Study

See breach.

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Example Sentences

The guidelines also introduce the new, previously announced policy that says Apple will not delay bug fixes even when an app has been rejected for violations.

Landlords violating the order would be subject to a fine of no more than $100,000, a year in jail, or both, if the violation does not lead to death of a renter.

From Fortune

The Ethics Commission tends not to punish self-corrected violations harshly, though his latest amended disclosure could be viewed more critically than the previous instance.

The deeper democratic value violation in the RNC’s use of these presidential powers — both real and ceremonial — in a convention context is what political scientists call personalistic leadership.

All the while, Raoul’s office had been investigating an alleged pattern and practice of sexual harassment and job retaliation in violation of the Illinois Human Rights Act and had been in “comprehensive settlement negotiations” with Voyant.

Violation of gravitas is being taken ‘extremely seriously’ by army top brass, source says.

Also known as The Abstinence-Violation Effect, some individuals can feel an overall loss of control after going off the deep-end.

Violation of the immunity due to those who come with this mission, duly accredited, in the form prescribed by international law.

Violation of the distance principle must properly always be determined by comparison between rates of the same kind.

Violation of the law, therefore, is not only a secular offense but a transgression of the principles of true religion.

Violation of the act by which it exists would be self-annihilation; and that which is itself nothing can create nothing.

Violation of God's laws on God's part would mean inconstancy.