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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. See do violence to

Word Origin

C13: via Old French from Latin violentia impetuosity, from violentus violent


View thesaurus entry
= brutality, bloodshed, savagery, fighting, terrorism, frenzy, thuggery, destructiveness, bestiality, strong-arm tactics (informal), rough handling, bloodthirstiness, murderousness
= force, power, strength, might, ferocity, brute force, fierceness, forcefulness, powerfulness
= power, turbulence, wildness, raging, tumult, roughness, boisterousness, storminess, acuteness

Quotations including 'violence'

  • "I say violence is necessary. It is as American as cherry pie" [H. Rap Brown]
  • "All they that take the sword shall perish with the sword" [Bible: St. Matthew]
  • "Violence is one of the most fun things to watch" [Quentin Tarantino
  • "Keep violence in the mindWhere it belongs" [Brian Aldiss

Translations for 'violence'

  • British English: violence Violence is behaviour which is intended to hurt or kill people.Twenty people were injured in the violence.ˈvaɪələns NOUN
  • Arabic: عُنْف
  • Brazilian Portuguese: violência
  • Chinese: 暴力
  • Croatian: nasilje
  • Czech: násilí
  • Danish: vold
  • Dutch: geweld
  • European Spanish: violencia
  • Finnish: väkivalta
  • French: violence
  • German: Gewalt
  • Greek: βία
  • Italian: violenza
  • Japanese: 暴力
  • Korean: 폭력
  • Norwegian: vold
  • Polish: przemoc
  • Portuguese: violência
  • Romanian: violență violențe
  • Russian: насилие
  • Spanish: violencia
  • Swedish: våld
  • Thai: ความรุนแรง
  • Turkish: şiddet
  • Ukrainian: жорстокість
  • Vietnamese: tính bạo lực

Example Sentences Including 'violence'

He couldn't ask them to do it, the prohibition against violence includes suicide.
Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEP (2001)
Then they were jerked out of the dream with a violence that made Nathan's stomach turn, landing painfully on a beach of stones.
Amanda Hemingway THE GREENSTONE GRAIL: The Sangreal Trilogy One (2004)
She told him not to be so ridiculous, then blushed, as if embarrassed by the unnecessary violence of her response.
Nicola Barker BEHINDLINGS (2002)


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