ul·​tra·​vi·​o·​lence ˌəl-trə-ˈvī-lən(t)s How to pronounce ultraviolence (audio)
: extreme or excessive violence
As is so often the case in films of this kind, the ultraviolence is denounced as obscene and demeaning, but the film makers—and the audiences—clearly enjoy each sick and sickening sensation.Arthur Knight
ultraviolent adjective
… the ultraviolent Oliver Stone movie "Natural Born Killers," about a young couple who take drugs and kill people for pleasure. Mark Miller

Examples of ultraviolence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sisu is beyond cartoonish in terms of its ultraviolence, which becomes more of an end and less of a means before the final villain gets his righteous comeuppance. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 4 May 2023 So was what often got called ultraviolence. Wesley Morris, New York Times, 5 Nov. 2020 Both are unfortunately sidelined to prioritize the high jinks and ultraviolence. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 7 Aug. 2022 Characters express concern over his ultraviolence. Darren Franich, EW.com, 4 Mar. 2022 Security is maintained by guards like Felix (Nico Tortorella) and Huck (Annet Mahendru), very nice people untroubled by a decade of ultraviolence. Darren Franich, EW.com, 29 Sep. 2020 Mami didn’t care for ultraviolence or on-screen nudity. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2022 In between loads of cartoonish ultraviolence and B-movie horror ephemera came some honestly unutterable lyrics, which Bill fought his faith to perform. Jonathan Rowe, SPIN, 28 June 2022 In between the ultraviolence and political scorn, Gunn’s love for his misfit characters shines through, stopping the entire exercise from feeling pointless and embittered. David Sims, The Atlantic, 5 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ultraviolence was in 1849

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“Ultraviolence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ultraviolence. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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