- 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