• WordNet 3.6
    • n violence an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists) "he may accomplish by craft in the long run what he cannot do by force and violence in the short one"
    • n violence the property of being wild or turbulent "the storm's violence"
    • n violence a turbulent state resulting in injuries and destruction etc.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1992, approximately 750 deaths occurred in the United States due to workplace violence
    • Violence Injury done to that which is entitled to respect, reverence, or observance; profanation; infringement; unjust force; outrage; assault. "Do violence to do man.""We can not, without offering violence to all records, divine and human, deny an universal deluge.""Looking down, he saw
      The whole earth filled with violence ."
    • Violence Ravishment; rape; constupration.
    • Violence The quality or state of being violent; highly excited action, whether physical or moral; vehemence; impetuosity; force. "That seal
      You ask with such a violence , the king,
      Mine and your master, with his own hand gave me."
      "All the elements
      At least had gone to wrack, disturbed and torn
      With the violence of this conflict."
    • v. t Violence To assault; to injure; also, to bring by violence; to compel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Based on a US Justice Department study conducted between 1992 and 1996, workplace violence troubles 1.7 million Americans a year. Number of workers attacked or threatened per thousand: Police officers: 306, Private security guards: 218, Taxi drivers: 184, Prison guards: 117, Bartenders: 91, Mental health professionals: 80, Gas station attendants: 79.
    • n violence The state or character of being violent; force; vehemence; intensity.
    • n violence Highly excited feeling or action; impetuosity; vehemence; eagerness.
    • n violence Injury done to anything which is entitled to respect, reverence, or observance; profanation; infringement; violation. See the phrases below.
    • n violence Unjust or unwarranted exertion of power; unjust force; force employed against rights, laws, liberty, or the like; outrage; injury; hurt; attack; assault.
    • n violence Ravishment; rape.
    • n violence In law: Any wrongful act of one person, whereby either he or his instrument of wrong-doing is brought into contact with the limbs or body of another person.
    • n violence The overcoming or preventing of resistance by exciting fear through display of force.
    • n violence The unlawful use of physical force.
    • n violence Synonyms 1 and 2. Passion, fury, flerceness, wildness, rage, boisterousness.
    • violence To do violence to; assault; injure.
    • violence To bring by violence; compel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: By the time a child finishes elementary school she will have witnessed 8,000 murders and 100,000 acts of violence on television.
    • n Violence the state or quality of being violent: force, physical or moral: unjust force: outrage: profanation: injury: rape
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  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “Non-violence is the article of faith.”
  • James Joyce
    “You forget that the kingdom of heaven suffers violence: and the kingdom of heaven is like a woman.”
  • Max Stirner
    Max Stirner
    “The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual crime.”
  • Hermann Hesse
    “Love is stronger than violence.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “I first learned the concepts of non-violence in my marriage.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. violentia,. See Violent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. violentusvis, force.


In literature:

The wind still blew with undiminished violence, and the black clouds indicated rain.
"Little By Little" by William Taylor Adams
Party violence ran high and the result seemed in doubt.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
On both sides indeed the religious contest was gathering new violence.
"History of the English People" by John Richard Green
One of the birds, describing a beautiful curve, fell with bursting violence on the ground.
"The Buffalo Runners" by R.M. Ballantyne
Its cause is usually external violence, though it may start from an umbilical hernia.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
The outbreaks of violence in centres so far remote as Kabul and Cairo are symptoms only of this widespread resentment.
"The New World of Islam" by Lothrop Stoddard
He must have hated violence and uproar, and liked the finer shades of life.
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
To these arbitrary acts of violence the House replied only by a course of singular moderation and wisdom.
"History of the English People, Volume VI (of 8)" by John Richard Green
Violence swept the crews together, and terror alone kept them together.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
These orderly proceedings were accompanied by outbursts of lawless violence.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt

In poetry:

"Be not like Bubble,
Headstrong, rude, and vain,
Seeking by violence
Your object to gain;
"The Rock And The Bubble" by Louisa May Alcott
The sons of violence and lies
Join to devour me, Lord;
But as my hourly dangers rise,
My refuge is thy word.
"Psalm 56" by Isaac Watts
Why should I vex my soul, and fret
To see the wicked rise?
Or envy sinners waxing great
By violence and lies?
"Psalm 37 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Let not loud thunder, or the light'ning glare,
Let not the storm or tempest do me harm,
Let not the wily fiend my soul ensnare,
Nor any violence my heart alarm.
"The Traveller's Prayer" by Rees Prichard
Yea, saidest thou, I will go up
When there is no more shade than one
May cover with a hollow cup,
And make my bed against the sun
Till my blood’s violence be done.
"Aholibah" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
But a gale from the south-west sprang up that night,
Which filled the passengers' hearts with fright;
And it continued to increase in violence as the night wore on,
Whilst the lady passengers looked very woe-begone.
"The Burning of the Ship 'Kent'" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Calls for violence or just angry words.
Filmmaker Sam Bacile in hiding after anti-Muslim film sparks violence in which American diplomat was killed.
No backing down on anti-violence law.
One of the special vulnerabilities of Israel, and a repetitive cause of violence, is the holding of prisoners.
At the same time, our neighborhoods have seen a resurgence of street violence.
D'Alessandro: In NFL, entrancing culture of violence begat bounties.
New Black Panthers Place Bounty on George Zimmerman Dead or Alive in Call for Violence and Bloodshed.
To filter out violence, sex and "disturbing images," on the other hand, the player simply skips ahead.
There's no cursing or violence.
Vancouver riots after the city's Canucks ice hockey team lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals have embarrassed a nation that doesn't see much sports-related violence.
The violence comes one day after 11 people were killed in attacks across the country.
Violence Against Women Act needs reform.
Where is the line drawn for violence.
Violence in Syria continues to escalate, with activists reporting at least 70 dead in the last two days of fighting in Homs, Hama and Idlib.
With Double the Violence, Van Damme Plays Twins.

In science:

For example, one can not impose ξ function on a set of vierbines without a severe violence to rotational invariance.
An attempt to resolve apparent paradoxes in definitions of Grassmann numbers and spinor fields
Notice that Zbound , which is closely related to the impact parameter, decreases when the violence of the collision increases.
Analyzing Fragmentation of Simple Fluids with Percolation Theory
Mainstream Islamic groups, most of which are banned in the country, insist their members are not responsible for the violence against civilians.
Centroid-based summarization of multiple documents: sentence extraction, utility-based evaluation, and user studies
For example, it is plausible that it can be replaced with a close rational approximation, without doing violence to the proof.
Some algorithms arising in the proof of the Kepler conjecture
One might imagine that grave violence would be done to the predictions of BBN if a di-neutron or di-proton were to be stable during the nucleosynthesis epoch.
Variation of Fundamental Couplings and Nuclear Forces