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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As for Cash’s violation, his fantastical injection of Soviet kitsch is brightly evident. Vogue, "Rick Owens and Estonian Rapper Tommy Cash Stage a Wonderfully Weird Exhibition," 3 May 2019 On top of that, Williams walked away with two penalties and a hefty fine for three counts of alleged misconduct, including a coaching violation, racquet abuse, and verbal abuse towards an umpire. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "6 Things to Know About Naomi Osaka, the 2018 U.S. Open Women’s Singles Champion," 10 Sep. 2018 During fiscal year 2018, the most recent fiscal year for which data are available, the Office for Civil Rights received 343 complaints alleging conscience violations. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Trump Exempts Christian Social-Services Group From Non-Discrimination Rule," 23 Jan. 2019 Further Reading Report: Facebook let major tech firms access private messages, friends lists The attorney general of the District of Columbia has sued (PDF) Facebook, alleging violations of local consumer protection laws. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "DC sues Facebook over Cambridge Analytica scandal," 19 Dec. 2018 All of the lawsuits allege violation of constitutional rights and seek unspecified damages. Jim Salter, The Seattle Times, "Lawsuits filed over St. Louis police ‘kettling’ practice," 18 Sep. 2018 All of the lawsuits allege violation of Constitutional rights and seek unspecified damages. Fox News, "Lawsuits filed over St. Louis police 'kettling' practice," 18 Sep. 2018 Mundelein alleged 10 violations of village code against Gem Spa and Heaven Spa, Inc., in connection with the June 14 arrest. Rick Kambic,, "Following prostitution arrest, Mundelein suspends spa's business license," 10 July 2018 The suit alleges federal and state labor law violations and seeks six years of unpaid overtime — the legal time limit for such claims — plus interest, attorneys’ fees, and unspecified damages. Jennifer Peltz,, "Former Trump chauffeur sues, claiming years of unpaid overtime," 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 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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