- Violence is the use of physical force intended to harm.
An example of violence is when you punch someone or when you shoot someone.
- physical force used so as to injure, damage, or destroy; extreme roughness of action
- intense, often devastatingly or explosively powerful force or energy, as of a hurricane or volcano
- unjust or callous use of force or power, as in violating another's rights, sensibilities, etc.
- the harm done by this
- great force or strength of feeling, conduct, or expression; vehemence; fury
- a twisting or wrenching of a sense, phrase, etc., so as to distort the original or true sense or form: to do violence to a text
- an instance of violence; violent act or deed
Origin of violenceMiddle English ; from Middle French ; from Classical Latin violentia ; from violentus: see violent
- Behavior or treatment in which physical force is exerted for the purpose of causing damage or injury: the violence of the rioters.
- a. Intense force or great power, as in natural phenomena: the violence of a tornado.b. Extreme or powerful emotion or expression: the violence of their tirades.
- Distortion of meaning or intent: do violence to a text.
(countable and uncountable, plural violences)
- Extreme force.
- The violence of the storm, fortunately, was more awesome than destructive.
- Action intended to cause destruction, pain, or suffering.
- We try to avoid violence in resolving conflicts.
- Widespread fighting.
- Violence between the government and the rebels continues.
- (figuratively) Injustice, wrong.
- The translation does violence to the original novel.
violence - Legal Definition
The use of physical force, especially physical force utilized with malice and/or the attempt to harm someone. Some courts have ruled that in labor disputes, violence includes picketing with false information on the placards, in an attempt to harm a business.