Definition of violence
1a : the use of physical force so as to injure, abuse, damage, or destroyb : 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 stormb : vehement feeling or expression : fervor; also : an instance of such action or feelingc : 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.
movies filled with sex and violence
The violence of the storm caused great fear.
Recent Examples of violence from the Web
According to a recent report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 65.6 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes because of violence—
But during the Bush and Obama administrations, some volunteers dealt with inquiries about military missions abroad and gun violence at home.
The violence in Baltimore began to dramatically spike following the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man whose neck was broken in the back of a police transport wagon.
This is not Vazquez's first loss from gun violence: Her son, Rafael Mendez — Guillermo Mendez's brother and Millan's uncle — was killed in 2002 over a debt.
The meme was created purely as satire, it was not meant to be a call to violence against CNN or any other news affiliation.
The president’s tweet of a stupid wrestling video depicting himself bludgeoning CNN wasn’t a threat of violence against journalists.
These responses, as well as the persistent negative feelings associated with PTSD, can lead veterans to engage in high-risk behaviors such as drinking and driving, self-injury, violence at home or in the workplace and legal problems.
The Richmond County town of Hamlet, 80 miles east of Charlotte, abruptly canceled its July 4th celebration due to threats of violence.
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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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