violence

[vahy-uh-luhns]
noun
1.
swift and intense force: the violence of a storm.
2.
rough or injurious physical force, action, or treatment: to die by violence.
3.
an unjust or unwarranted exertion of force or power, as against rights or laws: to take over a government by violence.
4.
a violent act or proceeding.
5.
rough or immoderate vehemence, as of feeling or language: the violence of his hatred.
6.
damage through distortion or unwarranted alteration: to do editorial violence to a text.

Origin:
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.
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violence (ˈvaɪələns)
 
n
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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violence
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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Example sentences
The violence and raw power of this storm are amazing to ponder.
Favelas are also routinely blamed for drug-related violence and
  all-too-frequent muggings.
Far from cozy, the painting suggests the violence and even madness that often
  simmers beneath the surface of daily life.
He calls on change through the violence of the elements.
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