- 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 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.
- the exercise or an instance of physical force, usually effecting or intended to effect injuries, destruction, etc
- powerful, untamed, or devastating forcethe violence of the sea
- great strength of feeling, as in language, etc; fervour
- an unjust, unwarranted, or unlawful display of force, esp such as tends to overawe or intimidate
- do violence to
- to inflict harm upon; damage or violatethey did violence to the prisoners
- to distort or twist the sense or intention ofthe reporters did violence to my speech
late 13c., “physical force used to inflict injury or damage,” from Anglo-French and Old French violence, from Latin violentia “vehemence, impetuosity,” from violentus “vehement, forcible,” probably related to violare (see ). Weakened sense of “improper treatment” is attested from 1590s.