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an infraction like a speeding ticket
  a minor offense
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Technical descriptions under U.S. Criminal Law:
  • infraction:  no jail or a maximum of 5 days of jail time
  • misdemeanor:  6 days to a year of jail time
  • felony:  more than a year of jail time
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  • an infraction like a speeding ticket
  • A photo is taken of the car in the intersection with the red light. The violator can see the infraction photo online and determine if they want to challenge the citation.
  • Any other employee would’ve been out the door a dozen minor infractions ago.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • My out-of-bounds infraction was a minor one, a 300-series shot, along the same lines of refusing to obey a direct order, participating in an unauthorized meeting or gathering, failing to stand for count, giving or accepting anything of value to or from another inmate, possession of nonhazardous contraband; and indecent exposure.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black

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  • And as the Chancellor’s son, only the most public of infractions would land him in Confinement.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • I will not wage war against Earth for this infraction.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • In Plaszow, I would have been shot or at least lashed for such a blatant infraction, for being "a lazy and irresponsible" Jew.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • Their violation falls under the Level Three Infractions, ’fighting with another student.’
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • Dina is constantly rolling her eyes, muttering under her breath about Molly’s various infractions—didn’t put away her laundry, left a bowl in the sink, can’t be bothered to make her bed—all of which are part and parcel of the liberal agenda that’s ruining this country.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Withholding my alleged paycheck for some imaginary infraction.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • There were repeated infractions leading up to that.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • I asked her then why she hadn’t called the boys on their infraction the moment she noticed it.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • They enforced their authority with the sword, beheading people for infractions as trivial as the theft of a pumpkin.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Dantes would not allow that any such infraction of regular and proper rules should be made in his favor.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Someone made a long speech listing every infraction of the rules we were committing that night.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Or does he sit up nights searching out a Verse for every potential infraction, and store this ammunition at the ready for his daughters?
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Minor infractions were tolerated and "he’s just being a boy" was an all-purpose excuse for anything short of a felony.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Only Michael Wayland was unsure, as I was, but despite our reluctance we followed still; as a group we hunted Downworlders tirelessly, seeking those who had committed even the slightest infraction.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • A rose lay beside her, and if she now and then glanced at the flower, it was with no infraction of her usual preoccupied air.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Jonas said the standard phrase automatically, and tried to pay better attention while his mother told of a dream fragment, a disquieting scene where she had been chastised for a rule infraction she didn’t understand.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • ’Chaplain,’ he continued, looking up, ’we accuse you also of the commission of crimes and infractions we don’t even know about yet.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • And the Volturi’s response to this kind of infraction was so automatic, it was already decided.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • "I mean spinach," replied Aramis; "but on your account I will add some eggs, and that is a serious infraction of the rule-for eggs are meat, since they engender chickens."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Three months ago, he had been fired for an infraction of safety rules, which had caused a major wreck; two weeks ago, he had been reinstated in his job by order of the Unification Board.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Mommy was furious that her shy, intellectual son-she was always so proud of David and would literally have carried his books to school for him if he had asked her to-was placed before a judge, who asked him to announce whether he was "guilty" of the traffic infraction or not.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • He knows this is the kind of infraction I was instructed to ignore.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Bratton turned the transit police into an organization focused on the smallest infractions, on the details of life underground.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • After that, you will verify the infractions of police regulations which have been reported to me in the Rue Guibourg, at Widow Doris’s, and Rue du Garraud-Blanc, at Madame Renee le Bosse’s, and you will prepare documents.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Punishments were at least as varied as infractions.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Now it seemed they’d stick around until they were run out of town for owing money or small legal infractions (it had happened before) or just got bored.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • His mother knew him well and sensed we were up to no good, but the guardia on the property meant no diddling with minor infractions: it was everybody to their houses, bureau tops cleaned off, portable objects battened down.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • The minor infractions of youth—in one case an act committed at age eight—prevented two from ever being trusted again.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • How many before him had gotten this far only to get sent back for some stupid infraction?
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • The slightest infractions were swiftly punished.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Would you still think London was so charming when you were the subject of cruel gossip for the slightest infraction of the rules?
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • The song and the jest were exchanged—the stories of former deeds were told with advantage; and at length, and while boasting of their successful infraction of the laws, no one recollected they were speaking in presence of their natural guardian.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • He was exceedingly careful not to commit any minor traffic infraction.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • After the year before, when my mother had been reduced to tears and Stewart had been clocked in the head with a pole, rendering him temporarily unconscious, my father had broken down and recruited a few fraternity brothers who were on thin ice for hazing infractions to help us.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • He had seen much service, been in various engagements, always acquitting himself as an officer mindful of the welfare of his men, but never tolerating an infraction of discipline; thoroughly versed in the science of his profession, and intrepid to the verge of temerity, though never injudiciously so.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • This man must be disciplined for gross infractions.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • "Gross rifle—SMI," he said to the guidon corporal, who marked down my infraction.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • But Granny and Aunt Addie quarreled and fought not only with me, but with each other over minor points of religious doctrine, or over some imagined infraction of what they chose to call their moral code.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Races in that day were not yet filmed with head-on and side-shot patrol cameras to police for riding infractions, so there was a good chance that Ligaroti would not be disqualified if his nose hit the wire first.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • For either the fishermen or the golfers to have changed their habits would have been an infraction of their self-imposed discipline which would have shocked all right-thinking and regularized citizens.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Below the schedule, the girls had added rules and amendments, and a list of violations and fines for infractions concerning the use of the sink, toilet, and shower, as well as a proclamation on what constituted the right to privacy versus a TRUE EMERGENCY (underlined three times).
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • The Supreme Court had even had its doubts: although they still ruled that capital punishment was constitutional, they’d halted executions of two inmates on a narrower issue: whether the excessive pain caused by lethal injection was a civil rights infraction that could be argued in a lower court.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • All infractions of love and equity in our social relations are speedily punished.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Oswald was kicked out of the Corps for a series of minor infractions.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • It only takes one infraction, one whiff of scandal, to ruin your reputation and your chances forever.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • "One more ’infraction’ and they’ll suspend me."
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
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Associated words [difficulty]:   infraction [3] , felony [3] , felon [5] , misdemeanor [5] , felonious [8]
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