- 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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Examples from the Web for violence
There is no such thing as speech so hateful or offensive it somehow “justifies” or “legitimizes” the use of violence.
The fear of violence should not determine what one does or does not say.
When twelve people are killed by violence, whoever they are, for whatever reason, that is a tragedy and a waste.
What they say is, ‘We don’t approve of violence, but you know what?Bill Maher: Hundreds of Millions of Muslims Support Attack on ‘Charlie Hebdo’
January 8, 2015
The people who are involved in the violence, they figure out ways to remain here at all costs and continue causing trouble.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
January 7, 2015
In view of the violence you made use of, I consider that you owe my son an apology.Brave and Bold
And to the violence which prevailed was added the most unblushing bribery.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
I don't know what to write, about your answering that man of violence.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Communism maintains that social wrongs can be corrected only by violence.
Dick suddenly aroused, and spoke with the violence of one sure.Within the Law
- 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 violence
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.