violence

noun
vi·​o·​lence | \ ˈvī-lən(t)s, 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

Public statements that Truman made announcing his civil-rights commission referred to a variety of incidents of Southern racial violence. Joseph Crespino, WSJ, "‘Unexampled Courage’ Review: Showing America the Way," 18 Jan. 2019 Hailing from Mare, one of Rio de Janeiro’s roughest neighborhoods, Franco also frequently criticized police violence. Sergio Ramalho, The Seattle Times, "Sister of slain Brazilian councilwoman calls for justice," 14 Jan. 2019 Many talk instead about returning home and working to rebuild once violence subsides. Sarah Butrymowicz, Marie Claire, "Refugee Girls Want to Change the World. Will We Let Them?," 7 Jan. 2019 Throughout the storyline, attempts at peacemaking, cooperation, and parlays are met again and again with bloodshed, betrayal, and cyclical violence. Aja Romano, Vox, "In the era of Trump and apocalyptic change, Hopepunk is a storytelling template for #resistance — and hanging onto your humanity at all costs.," 27 Dec. 2018 In the case of Twitter, the initial temporary ban was handed down for inciting violence. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Talk amongst yourselves: 2018’s most-commented stories on Ars," 24 Dec. 2018 Hundreds of Honduran migrants surged over the Guatemalan border under a broiling sun Monday hoping to make it to new lives in the United States, far from the poverty and violence of their home nation. Fox News, "Honduran migrant caravan crosses Guatemala border, US-bound," 15 Oct. 2018 The vast majority crossed the border without their parents, escaping violence and corruption in Central America, but some were separated from their families at the border earlier this year. Garance Burke, The Seattle Times, "AP Investigation: Migrant kids held in mass shelters," 19 Dec. 2018 According to The Telegraph, the Prince of Wales called for ways in which young people can help prevent and reduce violence in their communities, such as vocational education. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry and Tom Hardy Teamed Up to Tackle Youth Violence," 12 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of violence

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

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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 \

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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