What's the difference between a violation and an infraction? I've checked the Webster's definitions and couldn't come up with anything better than a violation, unlike infraction, can be related to sports, but I am not sure.

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    violation has several definitions of which only one is similar to infraction. You checked a dictionary, but it would be helpful to add to your question what you found and what led to your question. Linking to an online dictionary might be helpful. – user3169 Aug 7 '18 at 22:25
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    That conclusion is erroneous. At best, dictionaries can only summarize the full scope of a word's usage, so it's best to check several dictionaries., not just one, when trying to understand the subtle differences between two synonyms. For example, Wordnik shows definitions from four online dictionaries, and we can see that one definition of infraction is: A major violation of rules which leads to a penalty, if detected by the referee – so either word can be used in "relation to sports." – J.R. Aug 8 '18 at 8:40

Infraction is an instance or act of breaking a rule or law.

Selling curved bananas is said to be an infraction of EU law.

You could also use violation, but that can also be used when someone is doing something that is morally wrong:

He violated the peace of the church by shouting political slogans.

Generally "violation" can carry the nuance of something being not only illegal but also wrong.

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