Meaning of violence

vi•o•lence

Pronunciation: (vī'u-luns), [key]
— n.
  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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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