- Violence is the use of physical force intended to harm.
An example of violence is when you punch someone or when you shoot someone.
violence definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English ; from Middle French ; from Classical Latin violentia ; from violentus: see violent
violence definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Physical force exerted for the purpose of violating, damaging, or abusing: crimes of violence.
- The act or an instance of violent action or behavior.
- Intensity or severity, as in natural phenomena; untamed force: the violence of a tornado.
- Abusive or unjust exercise of power.
- Abuse or injury to meaning, content, or intent: do violence to a text.
- Vehemence of feeling or expression; fervor.
violence - Legal Definition