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stem of viol{a}re to treat with violence, to outrage, dishonour, injure


  • : the act of violating : the state of being violated: 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
c : disturbance, interruption
d : rape , ravishment


A violation in legal terms is but a minor offense, sometimes called a summary offense aka a petty crime, but traditionally in religious contexts it is referred to as a desecration or the act of depriving something of its sacred character, or the disrespectful or contemptuous treatment of that which is held to be sacred or holy by a group or individual. In contemporary usage, it is sometimes a term indicative of rape, an violent assault involving sexual intercourse.