Definition of violence
1 a : exertion of physical force so as to injure or abuse (as in warfare effecting illegal entry into a house) 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
They need to learn how to settle their arguments without resorting to violence.
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The violence of the storm caused great fear.
First Known Use of violence
VIOLENCE Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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