Anytime a person crosses a boundary — a legal boundary, a moral boundary, a physical boundary, or a binding business deal — that's a violation. When a burglar picks the lock on your door, that's a violation of your property.

A violation can be a disrespectful act or the crossing of someone’s physical boundaries. When you're forced to shake hands with your boss's wife, the way her perfume stings your eyes might feel like a violation. Violation is often used to describe an action that disregards an agreement or a basic right, such as a violation of a global climate treaty or a human rights violation.

Definitions of violation

n an act that disregards an agreement or a right

“he claimed a violation of his rights under the Fifth Amendment”
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copyright infringement, infringement of copyright
a violation of the rights secured by a copyright
an act that violates the rules of a sport
patent infringement
violation of the rights secured by a patent
foul ball
(baseball) a ball struck with the bat so that it does not stay between the lines (the foul lines) that define the width of the playing field
piracy, plagiarisation, plagiarism, plagiarization
the act of plagiarizing; taking someone's words or ideas as if they were your own
personal foul
a foul that involves unnecessarily rough contact (as in basketball or football)
technical, technical foul
(basketball) a foul that can be assessed on a player or a coach or a team for unsportsmanlike conduct; does not usually involve physical contact during play
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actus reus, misconduct, wrongdoing, wrongful conduct
activity that transgresses moral or civil law

n entry to another's property without right or permission

encroachment, intrusion, trespass, usurpation
an encroachment or intrusion
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actus reus, misconduct, wrongdoing, wrongful conduct
activity that transgresses moral or civil law

n the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will

date rape
rape in which the rapist is known to the victim (as when they are on a date together)
carnal abuse, statutory rape
sexual intercourse with a person (girl or boy) who has not reached the age of consent (even if both parties participate willingly)
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sex crime, sex offense, sexual abuse, sexual assault
a statutory offense that provides that it is a crime to knowingly cause another person to engage in an unwanted sexual act by force or threat

n a disrespectful act

blasphemy, desecration, profanation, sacrilege
blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character
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evil, immorality, iniquity, wickedness
morally objectionable behavior

n a crime less serious than a felony

infraction, infringement, misdemeanor, misdemeanour
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breach of the peace, disorderly behavior, disorderly conduct, disturbance of the peace
any act of molesting, interrupting, hindering, agitating, or arousing from a state of repose or otherwise depriving inhabitants of the peace and quiet to which they are entitled
false pretence, false pretense
(law) an offense involving intent to defraud and false representation and obtaining property as a result of that misrepresentation
indecent exposure, public nudity
vulgar and offensive nakedness in a public place
bearing false witness, lying under oath, perjury
criminal offense of making false statements under oath
an illegal action inciting resistance to lawful authority and tending to cause the disruption or overthrow of the government
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crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offence, offense
(criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act

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