Definitions and Examples of violated, broken, harmed
Learn when and how to use these words with these examples!
Broken or disregarded; not respected or kept sacred.
The privacy of the victim was violated when the photos were leaked online.
Separated into pieces or damaged; not functioning correctly.
The vase was broken into a million pieces after it fell off the shelf.
Damaged or injured; experiencing physical or emotional pain.
The environment is being harmed by pollution and climate change.
Key Differences: violated vs broken vs harmed
- 1Violated implies a breach of trust or disrespect for something sacred.
- 2Broken suggests physical damage or malfunctioning.
- 3Harmed refers to physical or emotional damage or injury.
Effective Usage of violated, broken, harmed
- 1Legal Context: Use violated to describe a breach of contract or law.
- 2Physical Objects: Use broken to describe physical damage to objects.
- 3Emotional Context: Use harmed to describe emotional or physical damage to people or animals.
The antonyms have distinct nuances: Violated implies a breach of trust, broken suggests physical damage, and harmed refers to physical or emotional damage. Use these words in legal contexts, to describe physical damage to objects, and to describe emotional or physical damage to people or animals.