vi·o·la·tion | \ ˌvī-ə-ˈlā-shən \

Definition of violation 

: the act of violating : the state of being violated: such as

a : infringement, transgression specifically : an infringement of the rules in sports that is less serious than a foul and usually involves technicalities of play

b : an act of irreverence or desecration : profanation

c : disturbance, interruption

d : rape entry 1 sense 1, ravishment

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Examples of violation in a Sentence

a serious violation of the law A second violation was called on the basketball player. He was arrested for violation of his parole. The group monitors human rights violations. They protested the government's violation of human rights.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Police had charged Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, with three misdemeanor counts of touching a patron in violation of an Ohio strip club law, according to online court records. Washington Post, "Charges dismissed against Stormy Daniels," 13 July 2018 In March, Desktop Metal filed its lawsuit against Markforged, claiming its competitor’s printing process uses a method of removable layers in violation of Desktop Metal patents. Hiawatha Bray,, "3D printing companies clash in federal court," 13 July 2018 Washington alleges have often been in violation of the international body’s sanctions against Pyongyang, according to people familiar with the matter. Ian Talley, WSJ, "U.S. Calls Out China, Russia on North Korea Energy Caps, Urges U.N. Action," 12 July 2018 Daniels had been charged with letting patrons touch her in violation of a state law. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Stormy Daniels' charges dropped; arrest part of "sting operation," lawyer says," 12 July 2018 The Guardian notes that this means the government is in violation of a court order. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Trump Administration May Have Separated Family of U.S. Citizens for Up to a Year," 11 July 2018 Facebook has drawn broad criticism for its role in the 2016 election, which saw Russian propaganda widely shared and often promoted as advertisements in violation of federal election law. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Facebook opens up ‘overwhelming data set’ for election research," 11 July 2018 If an engineer in Apple’s Herzliya office lives in Jerusalem, and telecommutes from home for a day, will Apple be at risk of providing a settlement service in violation of Irish law? Fortune, "This Irish Bill Could Create Huge Problems for U.S. Companies Like Apple," 9 July 2018 The request Monday to the Office of Congressional Ethics said questions of dishonesty can bring discredit to the House in violation of House rules. Kantele Franko, The Seattle Times, "Ethics review sought as ex-coaches at Ohio St. defend Jordan," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of violation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of violation

: the act of doing something that is not allowed by a law or rule

: the act of ignoring or interfering with a person's rights

: the act of showing disrespect for something (such as a holy place) usually by damaging it


vi·o·la·tion | \ ˌvī-ə-ˈlā-shən \

Kids Definition of violation

: an act or instance of violating something and especially a failure to do what is required or expected by a law, rule, or agreement a traffic violation

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