early 15c., "to break" (an oath, etc.), from Latin violatus, past participle of violare "treat with violence, dishonor, outrage" (see violation). Sense of "ravish" is first recorded mid-15c. Related: Violated; violating.
This sentence violates the rules of syntax
violate the basic laws or human civilization
violate my privacy
Don't violate my garden
violate the sanctity of the church