Origin of violence
British Dictionary definitions for antiviolence
- 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 for violence
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.