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 for Breach of privilege
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Privilege \Priv"i*lege\, n. [F. privil[`e]ge, L. privilegium an
     ordinance or law against or in favor of an individual; privus
     private + lex, legis, law. See Private, and Legal.]
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     1. A peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor; a right or
        immunity not enjoyed by others or by all; special
        enjoyment of a good, or exemption from an evil or burden;
        a prerogative; advantage; franchise.
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              He pleads the legal privilege of a Roman.
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              The privilege birthright was a double portion.
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              A people inheriting privileges, franchises, and
              liberties.                            --Burke.
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     2. (Stockbroker's Cant) See Call, Put, Spread, etc.
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     Breach of privilege. See under Breach.
     Question of privilege (Parliamentary practice), a question
        which concerns the security of a member of a legislative
        body in his special privileges as such.
     Water privilege, the advantage of having machinery driven
        by a stream, or a place affording such advantage. [ U. S.]
     Writ of privilege (Law), a writ to deliver a privileged
        person from custody when arrested in a civil suit.
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     Syn: Prerogative; immunity; franchise; right; claim; liberty.
     Usage: Privilege, Prerogative. Privilege, among the
            Romans, was something conferred upon an individual by
            a private law; and hence, it denotes some peculiar
            benefit or advantage, some right or immunity, not
            enjoyed by the world at large. Prerogative, among the
            Romans, was the right of voting first; and, hence, it
            denotes a right of precedence, or of doing certain
            acts, or enjoying certain privileges, to the exclusion
            of others. It is the privilege of a member of Congress
            not to be called in question elsewhere for words
            uttered in debate. It is the prerogative of the
            president to nominate judges and executive officers.
            It is the privilege of a Christian child to be
            instructed in the true religion. It is the prerogative
            of a parent to govern and direct his children.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Breach \Breach\ (br[=e]ch), n. [OE. breke, breche, AS. brice,
     gebrice, gebrece (in comp.), fr. brecan to break; akin to
     Dan. br[ae]k, MHG. breche, gap, breach. See Break, and cf.
     Brake (the instrument), Brack a break] .
     1. The act of breaking, in a figurative sense.
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     2. Specifically: A breaking or infraction of a law, or of any
        obligation or tie; violation; non-fulfillment; as, a
        breach of contract; a breach of promise.
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     3. A gap or opening made made by breaking or battering, as in
        a wall or fortification; the space between the parts of a
        solid body rent by violence; a break; a rupture.
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              Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
              Or close the wall up with our English dead. --Shak.
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     4. A breaking of waters, as over a vessel; the waters
        themselves; surge; surf.
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              The Lord hath broken forth upon mine enemies before
              me, as the breach of waters.          --2 Sam. v.
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     A clear breach implies that the waves roll over the vessel
        without breaking.
     A clean breach implies that everything on deck is swept
        away. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.
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     5. A breaking up of amicable relations; rupture.
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              There's fallen between him and my lord
              An unkind breach.                     --Shak.
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     6. A bruise; a wound.
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              Breach for breach, eye for eye.       --Lev. xxiv.
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     7. (Med.) A hernia; a rupture.
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     8. A breaking out upon; an assault.
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              The Lord had made a breach upon Uzza. --1. Chron.
                                                    xiii. 11.
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     Breach of falth, a breaking, or a failure to keep, an
        expressed or implied promise; a betrayal of confidence or
     Breach of peace, disorderly conduct, disturbing the public
     Breach of privilege, an act or default in violation of the
        privilege or either house of Parliament, of Congress, or
        of a State legislature, as, for instance, by false
        swearing before a committee. --Mozley. Abbott.
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     Breach of promise, violation of one's plighted word, esp.
        of a promise to marry.
     Breach of trust, violation of one's duty or faith in a
        matter entrusted to one.
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     Syn: Rent; cleft; chasm; rift; aperture; gap; break;
          disruption; fracture; rupture; infraction; infringement;
          violation; quarrel; dispute; contention; difference;
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