violence

noun
vi·​o·​lence | \ ˈvī-lən(t)s How to pronounce violence (audio) , ˈvī-ə-\

Definition of violence

1a : 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
3a : 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)

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Synonyms & Antonyms for violence

Synonyms

force, foul play

Antonyms

nonviolence

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Examples of violence in a Sentence

They need to learn how to settle their arguments without resorting to violence. movies filled with sex and violence The violence of the storm caused great fear.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Gun violence is an epidemic that's taking the lives of too many people, including the brightest hope for the future of America - our kids. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "A breakdown of this year’s brand winners and losers.," 27 Dec. 2018 The violence is metaphorical, of course, but the anger is real. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Madonna Released the Ultimate Divorce Album 6 Years Ago—You Just Didn't Listen," 30 Nov. 2018 But Enyia argues that the city's violence is not a public safety issue, but rather an investment issue. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "Meet Amara Enyia, the Chicago Mayor Candidate People Can't Stop Talking About," 24 Oct. 2018 That violence was on many minds as television stations carried live images of Lopez Obrador weaving through Mexico City's notoriously chaotic traffic in the front passenger seat of a compact car that was at least five years old. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Mexico's president-elect travels without visible security detail: 'The people will protect me'," 2 Oct. 2018 No one in any country should have to live with the specter of gun violence. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Gun Violence Is a Women's Issue," 27 Mar. 2019 Instead, the former mayor of New York City will focus his energy on reducing gun violence and combatting climate change. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Michael Bloomberg Announces He Will Not Run for President in 2020," 5 Mar. 2019 If the Senate passes the bill, hundreds of thousands of American lives would be spared from gun violence. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "How to Get the H.R. 8 Universal Background Checks Bill Passed in the Senate," 28 Feb. 2019 But since the Parkland shooting, Congress has taken no significant steps to address gun violence. German Lopez, Vox, "I’ve covered gun violence for years. The solutions aren’t a big mystery.," 14 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of violence

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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17 Apr 2019

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violence

noun

English Language Learners Definition of violence

: the use of physical force to harm someone, to damage property, etc.
: great destructive force or energy

violence

noun
vi·​o·​lence | \ ˈvī-ə-ləns How to pronounce violence (audio) \

Kids Definition of violence

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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