Definition of violation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌvaɪəˈleɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌvaɪəˈleɪʃn//
    [uncountable, countable]
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  1. 1(formal) the act of going against or refusing to obey a law, an agreement, etc. They were in open violation of the treaty.
  2. 2(formal) the act of not respecting somebody's rights, peace, privacy, etc. gross violations of human rights
  3. 3the act of damaging or destroying a holy or special place synonym desecration This was a violation of a sacred space.
  4. 4(literary or old-fashioned) the act of forcing somebody to have sex synonym rape (1)