vi·​o·​la·​tion | \ ˌvī-ə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce violation (audio) \

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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This followed a tension-riddled season of RHOBH, which featured escalating drama that began over a puppy Dorit Kemsley adopted from Vanderpump’s rescue center and then gave away, which was a violation of the store’s adoption policy. Tyler Aquilina,, "Lisa Vanderpump leaving The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills after 9 seasons," 7 June 2019 Stone’s motion seeks either Brocksom’s acquittal and release, or a new trial, due to defense allegations of violation of speedy trial standards and manipulation of charges by prosecutors. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Man convicted of Gurnee murder last fall might finally be sentenced next month," 7 June 2019 In addition to the mass firing, the Writers Guild has sued Hollywood’s four biggest agencies, claiming that packaging fees are a violation of an agency’s fiduciary duty to its clients. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "Hollywood Writers Attempt Life Without Agents," 6 June 2019 The seven-member Florida Commission on Ethics, in a voice vote, accepted the settlement, which included dropping four of five charges of ethics violations., "Andrew Gillum’s $5,000 settlement accepted by state ethics panel," 6 June 2019 East Dundee plans to begin its participation by focusing on fees owed by those found guilty of red light camera violations. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "East Dundee signs on to collect unpaid fees and fines by using state comptroller's payment program," 6 June 2019 The Houston Chronicle obtained the results of routine health inspections throughout the city and tallied each restaurant's demerits for a comprehensive list of violations. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Roach crawls on dough mixing machine at Houston restaurant during inspections May 27 to June 2," 5 June 2019 Center City’s congestion troubles are prompting City Council to consider more costly fines for a range of parking violations. Jason Laughlin,, "Parking fines could rise as Philly tries to reduce traffic," 5 June 2019 The company must record the location of its environmental violations. Taylor Dolven, Caitlin Ostroff, Anchorage Daily News, "Carnival Corp. pleads guilty to pollution probation violations, agrees to $20 million fine," 4 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce violation (audio) \

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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