• WordNet 3.6
    • v violate destroy "Don't violate my garden","violate my privacy"
    • v violate destroy and strip of its possession "The soldiers raped the beautiful country"
    • v violate act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises "offend all laws of humanity","violate the basic laws or human civilization","break a law","break a promise"
    • v violate force (someone) to have sex against their will "The woman was raped on her way home at night"
    • v violate violate the sacred character of a place or language "desecrate a cemetery","violate the sanctity of the church","profane the name of God"
    • v violate fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns "This sentence violates the rules of syntax"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In New York City it is illegal for a man to give 'The Standard Lear' to a woman. Violators are forced to wear horse blinders.
    • Violate To commit rape on; to ravish; to outrage.
    • Violate To disturb; to interrupt. "Employed, it seems, to violate sleep."
    • Violate To do violence to, as to anything that should be held sacred or respected; to profane; to desecrate; to break forcibly; to trench upon; to infringe. "Violated vows
      'Twixt the souls of friend and friend."
      "Oft have they violated The temple, oft the law, with foul affronts."
    • Violate To treat in a violent manner; to abuse. "His wife Boadicea violated with stripes, his daughters with rape."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first anti-lynching law in the United States was passed in Georgia in 1893, but it only made the violation punishable by four years in prison. (11-1-04)
    • violate To treat roughly or injuriously; handle so as to harm or hurt; do violence to; outrage.
    • violate To break in upon; interrupt; disturb.
    • violate To desecrate; dishonor; treat with irreverence; profane, or meddle with profanely.
    • violate To infringe; transgress, as a contract, law, promise, or the like, either by a positive act contrary to the promise, etc., or by neglect or non-fulfilment: as, to violate confidence.
    • violate To ravish; deflower by force; commit rape on.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Your head can be shaved against your will for violating their islamic code.
    • v.t Violate vī′ō-lāt to injure: to abuse: to ravish: to profane: to break forcibly: to transgress
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  • Raymond Chandler
    “At least half the mystery novels published violate the law that the solution, once revealed, must seem to be inevitable.”
  • Peter F. Drucker
    “Concentration is the key to economic results. No other principles of effectiveness is violated as constantly today as the basic principle of concentration.”
  • Norman O. Brown
    Norman O. Brown
    “Freedom is poetry, taking liberties with words, breaking the rules of normal speech, violating common sense. Freedom is violence.”
  • Erich Fromm
    “Integrity simple means not violating one's own identity.”
  • Lydia M. Child
    “But men never violate the laws of God without suffering the consequences, sooner or later.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. violatus, p. p. of violare, to violate, fr. vis, strength, force. See Violent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. violāre, -ātumvis, strength; cf. Gr. is, strength, force.


In literature:

In a violated oath, we break faith with man; in a broken vow, we are faithless to God.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
For they suppose that sufferings inflicted on brute animals are a violation of their rights.
"Moral Principles and Medical Practice" by Charles Coppens
Is that such a violation of contracts as is prohibited by the Constitution of the United States?
"The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation"
Germany violated her oath; England kept hers.
"The New York Times Current History: the European War, February, 1915" by Various
The laws of war have been violated.
"The Bastonnais" by John Lesperance
The youngster in the driver's seat went white at the sight of the violation pad.
"Code Three" by Rick Raphael
Colonel Stanhope complained of this violation of the law of nations, which the Spanish ministers endeavoured to excuse.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
It would be as easy to violate the one pledge as it had been to break the other.
"The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Jefferson Davis
Yet I suppose that all of them violate the law.
"A Preface to Politics" by Walter Lippmann
It does not scruple to violate the sanctity of social and private intercourse.
"Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams." by Josiah Quincy

In poetry:

All needful help he will afford,
Thou hast his vow and oath;
And once to violate his word
Thy Husband will be loth.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
If God with sickness his sons afflicts,
Their foul transgressions are the fatal cause:
Whene'er he any punishment inflicts,
It is, because they violate his laws.
"Advice To The Sick" by Rees Prichard
Permit them not to violate the least
Of God's commands, e'er thou dost them reprove:
But soon as they shall have in ought transgrest,
Do thou their souls to true repentance move.
"Advice To Ev'ry Master Of A Family, To Govern His House In A Religious Manner" by Rees Prichard
But all the same by stealth he came,
A man of vile intent.
What cared he that my life was pure,
Or that I paid my rent?
He willed to violate my shrine
For household treasures that were mine.
"Culture and Cops" by C J Dennis
Satan himself, I think, would shun
The presence of that artful one,
Who violates truth's sacred laws,
Regardless of the end or cause,
But deems it strategy to live
For the sole purpose to deceive.
"Lies" by Jared Barhite
And didn't you turn your eyes up at me then?
And didn't you cringe on the floor like any inkspot!
And crawl away like a black snail!
And doesn't everybody loathe you then!
And aren't your feelings violated, you high bred little love-
"Bibbles" by D H Lawrence

In news:

When you don't stand up for yourself, your actions are non- assertive — allowing other people to violate or ignore your rights and feelings.
Azalea Festival weekend was a busy one for state troopers, who found more than 560 violations during Operation Bearclaw in New Hanover and Brunswick Counties.
Part of tribute to parent on Pink Out Day violates Arkansas High's policy.
0 violations at Five Guys in Miami Beach.
Wilson was suspended this week for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Here are the parks in the National Park Service system with the highest smog levels and the number of days monitors recorded violations last year.
A federal judge ruled the family's First Amendment rights may have been violated.
24 pm, 21-year-old Melinda Kay Roth of Sterling was charged with violation of a restraining order at 304 S 14th Ave.
It's been two years to the day since former Hornets forward Chris " Birdman " Andersen was dismissed and disqualified from the NBA for violating the league's anti-drug policy.
Coast called ' blatant violation' of UN rules.
A city of Brownsville animal control officer says that the city's reaction last year to the disposal of a dead alligator violated his civil rights.
Woman says arrest violated rights.
Fourteen years after Lerio Guerrero violently violated a 28-year-old college professor in a Lower East Side alley, he's finally going to prison.
MMM > News > OPDP wants corrective ads for violative EpiPen TV spot.
Country-of-origin labeling provisions violate global trade law and unfairly curb agricultural commerce, World Trade Organization judges said as they upheld an earlier ruling backing Canada and Mexico.

In science:

Later we will know that the violation of eqs(5.5 – 5.6) causes the violation of general covariance in general relativity.
Problems on Foundations of General Relativity
CP violation (dotted line) and when the CP violation is consistent with the baryon asymmetry of the Universe through the mechanism of leptogenesis.
Neutrino Phenomenology -- the case of two right handed neutrinos
There must, therefore, be principled constraints on initial conditions in a random field model to ensure the maximum violation is never observed, as well as to allow some violation.
Bell inequalities for random fields
If the condition is violated for some n it is also violated for all larger n, hence with ν also ˜ν is a semimeasure. ˜ν is enumerable if ν is enumerable.
Universal Convergence of Semimeasures on Individual Random Sequences
Particular configurations called sphalerons interpolate between these vacuum states, thereby leading to processes that violate baryon number. C and C P symmetries are known to be violated in the standard model.
Baryogenesis and CP-Violating Domain Walls in the Background of a Magnetic Field