swift and intense force: the violence of a storm.
rough or injurious physical force, action, or treatment: to die by violence.
an unjust or unwarranted exertion of force or power, as against rights or laws: to take over a government by violence.
a violent act or proceeding.
rough or immoderate vehemence, as of feeling or language: the violence of his hatred.
damage through distortion or unwarranted alteration: to do editorial violence to a text.

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin violentia; see violent, -ence

antiviolence, adjective
counterviolence, noun
self-violence, noun

1. might, power, impact, fury. Unabridged
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violence (ˈvaɪələns)
1.  the exercise or an instance of physical force, usually effecting or intended to effect injuries, destruction, etc
2.  powerful, untamed, or devastating force: the violence of the sea
3.  great strength of feeling, as in language, etc; fervour
4.  an unjust, unwarranted, or unlawful display of force, esp such as tends to overawe or intimidate
5.  do violence to
 a.  to inflict harm upon; damage or violate: they did violence to the prisoners
 b.  to distort or twist the sense or intention of: the reporters did violence to my speech
[C13: via Old French from Latin violentia impetuosity, from violentusviolent]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., "physical force used to inflict injury or damage," from Anglo-Fr. and O.Fr. violence, from L. violentia "vehemence, impetuosity," from violentus "vehement, forcible," probably related to violare (see violate). Weakened sense of "improper treatment" is attested from 1590s.
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