• WordNet 3.6
    • n law-breaking (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act "a long record of crimes"
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  • Mae West
    “It ain't sin if you crack a few laws now and then, just so long as you don't break any.”
  • Cecil B. De Mille
    Cecil B. De Mille
    “It is impossible for us to break the law. We can only break ourselves against the law.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “I say, break the law.”
  • C. S. Lewis
    “Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.”


In literature:

For as in that which is above nature, so in nature itself; he that breaks one physical law is guilty of all.
"Health and Education" by Charles Kingsley
Prohibition was an assured fact, and the Judge would not break the laws.
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
If you touch me now you break the law.
"The Devil's Own" by Randall Parrish
Both of them are leagued to break the law, and both will resist and take life if they are interfered with.
"With Wolfe in Canada" by G. A. Henty
Here, since the laws were so strict, the rewards for their breaking were naturally all the greater.
"South America" by W. H. Koebel
His father was not rich, and sent his son to the Temple to study laws which he was only fitted to break.
"The Wits and Beaux of Society" by Grace Wharton and Philip Wharton
She deceived and cajoled the boy without scruple, but she did not allow him to break the law.
"The Zeit-Geist" by Lily Dougall
Legislation may at times be disobeyed, but never law, for the breaking brings swift punishment of its own.
"The Spinster Book" by Myrtle Reed
Prohibition was an assured fact, and the Judge would not break the laws.
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
He who goes beyond the bounds of true moral liberty, breaks the law of God and sins.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton

In poetry:

The Lord declares his will,
And keeps the world in awe;
Amidst the smoke on Sinai's hill
Breaks out his fiery law.
"Hymn 120" by Isaac Watts
Know'st thou, to Nature's great command
All human laws are frail and weak?
Nay! frown not--stay his eager hand,
And hear me, or my heart will break.
"The Hall Of Justice" by George Crabbe
The law great room for boasting makes,
But grace my pride and boasting breaks;
Yet all my boast the law does kill,
And grace make room to boast my fill.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
What a heart-breaking sorrow it must be,
To dear indulgent parents, when they see
Their stubborn children wilfully run on
Against the wholesome laws of God and man!
"England's Alarm. or The Pious Christian's Speedy Call To Repentance" by Anonymous British
I lose my patience, and I own it too,
When works are censur'd, not as bad, but new;
While if our elders break all reason's laws,
These fools demand not pardon, but applause.
"Imitations of Horace: The First Epistle of the Second Book" by Alexander Pope
You that have linked your might with ours,
To break his pride who breaks the laws,
You wear today, 'mid perjured Powers,
The armour of a spotless cause;
Your legions march in Truth arrayed,
And knightly Honour whets your blade.
"The Man Forsworn " by William Watson

In news:

Violating the WARN Act Why is the White House urging federal contractors to break the law.
They would be breaking the law by letting youngsters under 18 operate heavy equipment, something kids have been doing for a long time.
CNN Breaking News tweets "Supreme Court strikes down individual mandate portion of health care law" ( June 28, 2012 ).
Conditions at Colorado Springs, CO. An Australian man who's charged in a scheme to export components for drones, torpedoes and other technology to Iran says he sold materials to Iran but didn't know he was breaking US laws.
Jude Law in 'Anna Karenina' does well at box office as 'Breaking Dawn' breaks records.
Kid carwashes breaking the law.
But some shoppers may be unintentionally breaking the law when they make online purchases.
Request by ex-Fort Wayne councilman's law firm could highlight debate on tax breaks.
Former UVa Law Student Pleads Guilty To Breaking Into Registrar's Office.
There's a lot of law-breaking going on in the aptly titled " Lawless ," and not only by a trio of brothers running a Prohibition-era moonshine trade.
My question is, if the fact that lots of people break a law is a reason to get rid of it, why don't we get rid of the Drug War next.
Breaking Silos Without Breaking the Bank: Leveraging Information in Law Enforcement Networks.
Sometimes victims get a message like this one, ostensibly from the FBI, accusing them of breaking the law and demanding a fine.
City attorney Jeffrey Houston doesn't think the city is breaking any laws.
Neighbors say a Harrisonburg home has been breaking the law, and now the city is forcing those people to move out .

In science:

The electron power-law index p is usually derived from the temporal decay index after the lightcurve break or steepening attributed to jet properties (i.e. Fν ∝ t−p ).
Gamma-Ray Bursts: Progress, Problems & Prospects
Fourier power spectra at low frequencies show a broken power law continuum during the rising phase, with the break frequency increasing with time.
Evolution of Spectral States of Aql X-1 during the 2000 Outburst
The overall shape of the 3-60 keV power spectrum is dominated by a strong broad band-limited noise component (Fig. 6), which could be fitted by a broken power-law model with a broad bump superimposed on it at frequencies above the break frequency.
Observations of millisecond X-ray pulsars
Band-limited noise (BLN) is defined here as noise that steepens towards higher frequency (i.e., its local power-law slope −d log Pν /d log ν increases with ν ) either abruptly (showing a “break” at break frequency νbreak ) or gradually.
A review of rapid X-ray variability in X-ray binaries
In order to constrain Ep , we fitted the total spectrum of each burst with a cutoff power law by fixing the power law index α to the typical value of 1.0 and letting the break energy E0 = Ep /(2 − α) free to vary.
Testing the gamma-ray burst variability/peak luminosity correlation on a Swift homogeneous sample