violence

noun vi·o·lence \ ˈvī-lən(t)s , ˈvī-ə- \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of violence

1 a : the use of physical force so as to injure, abuse, damage, or destroy
b : an instance of violent treatment or procedure
2 : injury by or as if by distortion, infringement, or profanation : outrage
3 a : intense, turbulent, or furious and often destructive action or force
  • the violence of the storm
b : vehement feeling or expression : fervor; also : an instance of such action or feeling
c : a clashing or jarring quality : discordance
4 : undue alteration (as of wording or sense in editing a text)

Examples of violence in a Sentence

  1. They need to learn how to settle their arguments without resorting to violence.

  2. movies filled with sex and violence

  3. The violence of the storm caused great fear.

Recent Examples of violence from the Web

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First Known Use of violence

14th century



VIOLENCE Defined for English Language Learners

violence

noun

Definition of violence for English Language Learners

  • : the use of physical force to harm someone, to damage property, etc.

  • : great destructive force or energy


VIOLENCE Defined for Kids

violence

noun vi·o·lence \ ˈvī-ə-ləns \

Definition of violence for Students

1 : the use of force to harm a person or damage property
2 : great force or strength especially of a kind that involves destruction
  • Timothy was not purposely trying to frighten me about the violence of the storm …
  • —Theodore Taylor, The Cay


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