- swift and intense force: the violence of a storm.
- rough or injurious physical force, action, or treatment: to die by violence.
- an unjust or unwarranted exertion of force or power, as against rights or laws: to take over a government by violence.
- a violent act or proceeding.
- rough or immoderate vehemence, as of feeling or language: the violence of his hatred.
- damage through distortion or unwarranted alteration: to do editorial violence to a text.
Origin of violence
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- the exercise or an instance of physical force, usually effecting or intended to effect injuries, destruction, etc
- powerful, untamed, or devastating forcethe violence of the sea
- great strength of feeling, as in language, etc; fervour
- an unjust, unwarranted, or unlawful display of force, esp such as tends to overawe or intimidate
- do violence to
- to inflict harm upon; damage or violatethey did violence to the prisoners
- to distort or twist the sense or intention ofthe reporters did violence to my speech
Word Origin and History for antiviolence
late 13c., "physical force used to inflict injury or damage," from Anglo-French and Old French violence, from Latin violentia "vehemence, impetuosity," from violentus "vehement, forcible," probably related to violare (see violation). Weakened sense of "improper treatment" is attested from 1590s.