ETYM Old Eng. breke, breche, AS. brice, gebrice, gebrece (in comp.), from brecan to break; akin to Dan. braek, Mid. High Germ. breche, gap, breach. Related to Break, Brake (the instrument), Brack a break.
(Irregular plural: breaches).
1. A failure to perform some promised act or obligation.
2. An opening (especially a gap in a dike or fortification).
ETYM Latin compulsio. Related to Compel.
1. An irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions against one's will; SYN. obsession.
2. An urge to do or say something that might be better left undone or unsaid; SYN. irresistible impulse.
3. Using force to cause something; SYN. coercion.
ETYM French outrage; Old Fren. outre, oltre, beyond (French outre, Latin ultra) + -age, as, in courage, voyage. Related to Ulterior.
A wantonly cruel act.
ETYM Old Eng. tirannye, Old Fren. tirannie, French tyrannie.
1. The government or authority of a tyrant; a country governed by an absolute ruler.
2. Arbitrary or despotic exercise of power; exercise of power over subjects and others with a rigor not authorized by law or justice, or not requisite for the purposes of government.
3. Cruel government or discipline.
4. Severity; rigor; inclemency.
The quality of that which is vengeful.
ETYM Latin violatio: cf. French violation.
An act that disregards an agreement or a right; SYN. infringement.
ETYM French, from Latin violentia. Related to Violent.
1. A turbulent state resulting in injuries and destruction etc.
2. An act of aggression (as one against a person who resists); SYN. force.
The action of wresting; wrench