Violence Definition

Standard Definition

[n] an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists); "he may accomplish by craft in the long run what he cannot do by force and violence in the short one"
[n] the property of being wild or turbulent; "the storm's violence"
[n] a turbulent state resulting in injuries and destruction etc.

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Misc. Definitions

\Vi"o*lence\, n. [F., fr. L. violentia. See {Violent}.]
1. The quality or state of being violent; highly excited action, whether physical or moral; vehemence; impetuosity; force. That seal You ask with such a violence, the king, Mine and your master, with his own hand gave me. --Shak. All the elements At least had gone to wrack, disturbed and torn With the violence of this conflict. --Milton.
2. Injury done to that which is entitled to respect, reverence, or observance; profanation; infringement; unjust force; outrage; assault. Do violence to do man. --Luke iii. 1
4. We can not, without offering violence to all records, divine and human, deny an universal deluge. --T. Burnet. Looking down, he saw The whole earth filled with violence. --Milton.
3. Ravishment; rape; constupration. {To do violence on}, to attack; to murder. ``She . . . did violence on herself.'' --Shak. {To do violence to}, to outrage; to injure; as, he does violence to his own opinions. Syn: Vehemence; outrage; fierceness; eagerness; violation; infraction; infringement; transgression; oppression.
\Vi"o*lence\, v. t. To assault; to injure; also, to bring by violence; to compel. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.

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