from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who violates (a rule, a boundary, another person's body, etc.)
  • n. In the publishing and packaging industries, a visual element that intentionally "violates" the underlying design, such as a starburst, color bar or "splat" on a product package or magazine cover intended to attract special attention.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who violates; an infringer; a profaner; a ravisher.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who violates, injures, interrupts, or disturbs: as, a violator of repose.
  • n. One who infringes or transgresses: as, a violator of law.
  • n. One who profanes or treats with irreverence: as, a violator of sacred things.
  • n. A ravisher.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who assaults others sexually
  • n. someone who violates the law


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • The most notorious violator is Disney, who essentially made the copyright term INFINITE to prevent Mickey Mouse from falling into public domain.

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  • He recalls that the Afghans drew up stringent guidelines excluding anyone who was known to be a human-rights violator from the loya jirga.

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  • It would be a kind of delicious, but unfortunate, irony for the university to be tarred as a Title IX violator.

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  • But even here he doesn't give a rat's ass about that as long as the violator is a Democrat and being considered for cabinet position.

    "As a general proposition, I think you certainly don’t want to use the tax code … to punish people."

  • Instead, he was allying with the right-wing of the Jewish and pro-Israel community and with the right-wing overall, effectively endorsing the Bush administration's view that international humanitarian law, the United Nations and basic international legal principles are not considered applicable if the violator is the United States or an ally.

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  • Donald Cressey penned the term "trust violator" in his research on the behavior and motivation of embezzlers. News

  • It shouldn't make a difference if the violator is a high ranking official, a GS1-1 or a recruit; all of them should be held accountable to the same standard.

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  • A violator of such a law need not do any harm -- need not, indeed, intend any harm, but intent to do harm is irrelevant to the forcible citizen disarmament lobby -- all that matters is that the violator is a "gun criminal."

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  • British officials were rightly convinced that whomever Nur Muhammad mentioned to Abd al-Rahman as evading the monopoly would be financially ruined through confiscations and fines (as could people immediately related and distantly connected to the original "violator").

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  • Preeminent national defense whistleblower Ernie Fitzgerald endured the retaliation "play book" during the Nixon Administration; first you isolate the "violator" who seeks to reveal the truth and correct a situation.

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