• IPA: /ˈvaɪələns/, /ˈvaɪləns/
  • (obsolete or poetic) IPA: /ˈvaɪəˌlɛns/, /ˈvaɪˌlɛns/


  1. Extreme force.
    The violence of the storm, fortunately, was more awesome than destructive.
  2. Action which causes destruction, pain, or suffering.
    We try to avoid violence in resolving conflicts.
  3. Widespread fighting.
    Violence between the government and the rebels continues.
  4. (figuratively) Injustice, wrong.
    The translation does violence to the original novel.
    • 2017, Kevin J. O'Brien, The Violence of Climate Change
      Racism, classism, sexism, ethnocentrism, and heterosexism are also wicked problems of structural violence […]
  5. (obsolete) ravishment; rape; violation
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violence (violences, present participle violencing; past and past participle violenced)

  1. (nonstandard) To subject to violence.
    • 1996, Professor Cathy Nutbrown, Respectful Educators - Capable Learners: Children's Rights and Early Education, SAGE ISBN 9781446235652, page 36:
      The key general point is that the idea of the agendered, asexual, aviolenced worker is a fiction; workers and organizational members do not exist in social abstraction; they are gendered, sexualed and violenced, partly by their position  ...
    • 2011, Timothy D. Forsyth, The Alien, AuthorHouse ISBN 9781463442811, page 24:
      And the triad is made complete by she who is violenced by him.
    • 2012, Megan Sweeney, The Story Within Us: Women Prisoners Reflect on Reading, University of Illinois Press ISBN 9780252037146, page 46:
      He physically violenced my mother, physically violenced me and my brothers, and was sexually abusive to me until I was in second grade.

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