Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Physical force exerted for the purpose of violating, damaging, or abusing: crimes of violence.
  • n. The act or an instance of violent action or behavior.
  • n. Intensity or severity, as in natural phenomena; untamed force: the violence of a tornado.
  • n. Abusive or unjust exercise of power.
  • n. Abuse or injury to meaning, content, or intent: do violence to a text.
  • n. Vehemence of feeling or expression; fervor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Extreme force.
  • n. Action intended to cause destruction, pain, or suffering.
  • n. Widespread fighting.
  • n. Injustice, wrong.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being violent; highly excited action, whether physical or moral; vehemence; impetuosity; force.
  • n. Injury done to that which is entitled to respect, reverence, or observance; profanation; infringement; unjust force; outrage; assault.
  • n. Ravishment; rape; constupration.
  • transitive v. To assault; to injure; also, to bring by violence; to compel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To do violence to; assault; injure.
  • To bring by violence; compel.
  • n. The state or character of being violent; force; vehemence; intensity.
  • n. Highly excited feeling or action; impetuosity; vehemence; eagerness.
  • n. Injury done to anything which is entitled to respect, reverence, or observance; profanation; infringement; violation. See the phrases below.
  • n. Unjust or unwarranted exertion of power; unjust force; force employed against rights, laws, liberty, or the like; outrage; injury; hurt; attack; assault.
  • n. Ravishment; rape
  • n. In law: Any wrongful act of one person, whereby either he or his instrument of wrong-doing is brought into contact with the limbs or body of another person.
  • n. The overcoming or preventing of resistance by exciting fear through display of force.
  • n. The unlawful use of physical force.
  • n. Synonyms 1 and 2. Passion, fury, flerceness, wildness, rage, boisterousness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists)
  • n. a turbulent state resulting in injuries and destruction etc.
  • n. the property of being wild or turbulent

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • More media coverage around domestic violence in order to “break the silence and stop the violence”.

    REPORT: BEIJING + 5

  • This shows to what extent Sartre is unaware of his basic disagreement with Marx on the question of violence, especially when he states that "irrepressible violence… is man recreating himself," that it is "mad fury" through which "the wretched of the earth" can "become men."

    A Special Supplement: Reflections on Violence

  • However, having regard to the trial judge's reasons as a whole, and considering both the content of some of S's speeches already mentioned, and the broad latitude allowed by the defence of fair comment, the defamatory imputation that while S would not engage in violence herself she “would condone violence” by others, is an opinion that could honestly have been expressed on the proved facts by a person prejudiced, exaggerated or obstinate in his views.

    Daimnation!: Fair Comment

  • The surge in violence is raising fresh concerns about the planned pullout of American troops next year.

    Baghdad Blasts Kill Scores, Over 200 Hundred Wounded

  • Perhaps people would be less likely to engage in violence if our press stopped pushing the idea that violence is so common-place in society. ed Says:

    Matthew Yglesias » Under Construction

  • Are we, or are we not, to apply the term violence to these?

    Memorabilia

  • Without the conformity of human law to the law of the Gospel, the term violence inevitably contracted, while the terms property and happiness expanded in proportion to what unrestrained human weakness and popular consensus demanded.

    Liberty: The God that Failed

  • The first words that surface in connection with the word violence are aggression, fighting, hostility, brutal, cruel, and vicious—definitely not words that smooth the exchange of ideas.

    Egonomics

  • Attacks upon property and upon white womanhood are pre-eminently what many users of the term violence have in mind.

    A Special Supplement: On Violence

  • First, the current epicenter of the violence is the state of Chihuahua.

    Letters to the Editor

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • "He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster." - Friedrich Nietzsche

    July 30, 2008

  • Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. -Salvor Hardin in Isaac Asimov's Foundation.

    February 20, 2008