[ 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 formsvi·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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Word Origin and History for violation



early 15c., from Latin violationem (nominative violatio) "an injury, irreverence," from past participle stem of violare "to violate, treat with violence, outrage, dishonor," perhaps related to vis "violence, strength."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper