violation

noun
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

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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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Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov also repeated Moscow’s counter-accusation that the U.S. was in violation of the INF Treaty in deploying the Mk. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Defends New Cruise Missile, Says It Doesn't Violate Any Arms-Control Treaties," 24 Jan. 2019 The report will name the member’s office and whether the member was involved, the type of violation, and the amount of the settlement. Li Zhou, Vox, "Congress’s recently passed sexual harassment bill, explained," 20 Dec. 2018 Peskov reaffirmed Moscow's strong denial of any treaty violations. Fox News, "Treaty exits and extensions top Trump adviser's Moscow talks," 23 Oct. 2018 Matthew Jones was indicted on four counts of aggravated assault, two counts of violation of oath by an officer, and two counts of giving a false statement, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "A Former Atlanta Police Officer Who Beat a Black Teenager on the Job Has Been Indicted for Assault," 12 Oct. 2018 Tennis superstar Serena Williams, for example, got denigrated after arguing with, and demanding an apology from, a U.S. Open umpire who issued her a series of violations. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "For Female Political Candidates, Sometimes the Biggest Threat Isn’t Losing an Election," 17 Sep. 2018 Within months of the approval, Minnesota cited PFRC for dozens of violations. Joe Heim And Julie Tate, chicagotribune.com, "As children begged for help, adoption system failed them," 13 July 2018 Within months of the approval, Minnesota cited PFRC for dozens of violations. Washington Post, "Abuse, neglect and a system that failed: The tragic lives of the Hart children," 12 July 2018 Within months of the approval, Minnesota cited PFRC for dozens of violations. Joe Heim And Julie Tate, Houston Chronicle, "As Hart children begged for help, system failed them," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of violation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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violation

noun

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

violation

noun
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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