"The warning message we sent the Russians was a calculated ambiguity that would be clearly understood." - Alexander Haig


An act done unlawfully and with force. In the English stat. of 25 E. III. it is declared to be high treason in any person who shall violate the king's companion; and it is equally high treason in her to suffer willingly such violation. This word has been construed under this statute to mean carnal knowledge.

Also refers to non-compliance with a law.