from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Behavior or treatment in which physical force is exerted for the purpose of causing damage or injury.
  • noun Intense force or great power, as in natural phenomena.
  • noun Extreme or powerful emotion or expression.
  • noun Distortion of meaning or intent.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or character of being violent; force; vehemence; intensity.
  • noun Highly excited feeling or action; impetuosity; vehemence; eagerness.
  • noun Injury done to anything which is entitled to respect, reverence, or observance; profanation; infringement; violation. See the phrases below.
  • noun Unjust or unwarranted exertion of power; unjust force; force employed against rights, laws, liberty, or the like; outrage; injury; hurt; attack; assault.
  • noun Ravishment; rape
  • noun 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.
  • noun The overcoming or preventing of resistance by exciting fear through display of force.
  • noun The unlawful use of physical force.
  • noun Synonyms 1 and 2. Passion, fury, flerceness, wildness, rage, boisterousness.
  • To do violence to; assault; injure.
  • To bring by violence; compel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

    February 20, 2008

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

    July 30, 2008