- 1Behavior involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone or something.More example sentences
- The most serious incidents include criminal damage and violence against people.
- What I do not respect however is people who kill or otherwise use violence against people for any reason.
- One act of violence against another is an act of violence against one's self.
- 1.1Strength of emotion or an unpleasant or destructive natural force: the violence of her own feelingsMore example sentences
- No blood is spilled in the book - but its emotional violence is devastating.
- Alarmed by the violence of her sorrow and by being a witness to it, but impatient with the sorrow itself, Ray was a poor pacifier.
- The violence of the wind had lessened - though the air remained redolent with the smell of dust.
- 1.2 Law The unlawful exercise of physical force or intimidation by the exhibition of such force.More example sentences
- Each of the people who uses or threatens unlawful violence will be guilty of the offence.
- In other words the receipt of the letter led him to believe that immediate unlawful violence would be used.
- He was alleged to have forced the complainant by violence or threats to engage in sexual activity with him.
do violence to
- Damage or adversely affect.More example sentences
- If one tries to categorize commercial agricultural production or wage labor activity solely as resistance, one does violence to more than language.
- At times the attempt to draw literal, historical analogies does violence to Stevensian irony.
- Six wives said their husbands had threatened to do violence to their children or to their parents and five had been threatened by their husbands with lethal weapons.
Middle English: via Old French from Latin violentia, from violent- 'vehement, violent' (see violent).