Definition of violence in English:

violence

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

[mass noun]

Phrases

do violence to

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

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin violentia, from violent- 'vehement, violent' (see violent).

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