ultraviolence

noun
ul·​tra·​vi·​o·​lence | \ ˌəl-trə-ˈvī-lən(t)s How to pronounce ultraviolence (audio) , -ˈvī-ə- \

Definition of ultraviolence

: 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

Other Words from ultraviolence

ultraviolent \ ˌəl-​trə-​ˈvī-​lənt How to pronounce ultraviolent (audio) , -​ˈvī-​ə-​ \ adjective
… the ultraviolent Oliver Stone movie "Natural Born Killers," about a young couple who take drugs and kill people for pleasure. — Mark Miller

First Known Use of ultraviolence

1849, in the meaning defined above

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“Ultraviolence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ultraviolence. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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