What's this reportedly AmEng usage of fracture to mean go beyond the limits of (as rules); violate (M-W), as in "This writer fractured the English language with malaprops"?
How does this word differ from violate?
I merely fractured/violated copyright law.
Also, can it be used interchangeably as a noun for violation; transgression; infringement? (See synonyms for breach)
It is a "fracture" (violation) of international law to use evidence that is the product of torture in a UK criminal prosecution.
She had said that the "fracture" (transgression) was all the more shocking because the official was charged with enforcing federal laws against sexual harassment.
Necessity is the plea for every "fracture" (infringement) of human freedom.
: U.S.: enfreindre (la loi, etc.) : Eng. contravene (the law, etc.)
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Many of them drink before they are twenty-one, and thus violate the law of most states, but often their liquor is served to them by their parents or their parents' friends. The debutante parties given by the leading citizens of society fracture the law spectacularly in this particular regard. ABA Journal
Source: Harrap's New Shorter French and English Dictionary, Ed. 1985
: to disrupt or destroy as if by breaking: fractured the delicate balance of power.
: to abuse or misuse flagrantly, as by violating rules: ignorant writers who fracture the language.
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: to go beyond the limits of (as rules) : violate : fractured the English language with malaprops — Goodman Ace
SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE January 26, 1995 Page 8 of 10
SENATOR AL BISHOP questioned why anyone under 21 was not at the hearing testifying about their rights. Ms. Agather stated that this is final week in Kalispell so the young adults who wanted to be at the hearing with her could not attend. SENATOR BISHOP questioned whether Mr. Campbell was saying that the Constitution should not be changed for any reason. SENATOR BISHOP felt that the Constitution is a document that should grow along with the people. Mr. Campbell stated that all people should be treated equally under the Constitution. He would rather see all gambling banned instead of fracturing people's rights. SENATOR BISHOP maintained that in 1972 we did not have legalized gambling in Montana. Mr. Campbell stated the Constitution banned it completely. There was a side issue asking whether the people wanted the legislature to regulate gambling or not. The people said "yes". courts.mt.gov
: to violate or abuse : This writer really fractures the language
syn. abuse, misuse, pervert - change the inherent purpose or function of something