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
- 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.
- To do violence to; assault; injure.
- To bring by violence; compel.
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
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