Definition of violence in English:


Line breaks: vio|lence
Pronunciation: /ˈvʌɪəl(ə)ns


[mass noun]


do violence to

Damage or adversely affect: how can we regulate access to weapons without doing violence to the constitution?
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  • 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).

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