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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

Both sides have complaints about violations of the landmark 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, but would like to keep it alive. The Economist, "Vladimir Putin’s hopes for his long-awaited meeting with Donald Trump," 14 July 2018 Trump may not see violations of international norms as a problem. Nina Jankowicz, The New Republic, "Available in Helsinki: the Fate of Eastern Europe," 13 July 2018 Ricky Tecatl, 25, 400 block of Hinman Street, Aurora, was charged with drunken driving and other traffic violations at 11:20 p.m. Tuesday near North Union Street and Flagg Street, Aurora police said. Erika Wurst, Aurora Beacon-News, "Police: Aurora man charged with armed robbery," 13 July 2018 Marve’s second suspension came at the end of the season when he was held out of the Emerald Bowl for what then-UM coach Randy Shannon termed a violation of team rules. Christy Cabrera Chirinos,, "Report: Ex-UM quarterback Robert Marve facing sexual assault, battery allegations," 12 July 2018 Judge Kavanaugh said that’s a violation of separation of powers. Jen Kirby, Vox, "7 legal experts on how Kavanaugh views executive power — and what it could mean for Mueller," 11 July 2018 Burton’s basket followed an inbounding violation by Magic shooting guard Rodney Purvis in which referees said Purvis moved on the sideline. Josh Robbins,, "Shorthanded Magic lose summer league finale to Thunder 87-85," 14 July 2018 Sharod Deon Burris, 29, of the 3500 block of 4th Street in Brooklyn, and Quran Dewayne Cox, 25, of the 900 block of Beban Street in Sharp-Leadenhall, were charged with a traffic violation and drug charges, police said. Colin Campbell,, "Two charged in second drug bust in Brooklyn Park in two days," 13 July 2018 Tylor Nellon, 18, and Jevon Wilson, 28, were booked into the Gwinnett County jail on charges of home invasion, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, kidnapping, battery, armed robbery and probation violation. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Cops: Suspects pistol-whipped man in Gwinnett home invasion," 13 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'violation.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of violation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about violation

Statistics for violation

Last Updated

12 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for violation

The first known use of violation was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for violation



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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on violation

What made you want to look up violation? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


full of whispering sounds

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!