self-violence, or a phrenzy far more savage and destructive than this, may be expected to succeed.
This daughter was ravished from her by self-violence, and her other children by disease.
Only by self-violence could she keep her glance from rising, tell-tale, to the boards above.
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.