vi·o·lence /ˈvaɪlən(t)s, ˈvaɪə-/
1. The quality or state of being violent; highly excited action, whether physical or moral; vehemence; impetuosity; force.
You ask with such a violence, the king,
Mine and your master, with his own hand gave me. --Shak.
All the elements
At least had gone to wrack, disturbed and torn
With the violence of this conflict. --Milton.
2. Injury done to that which is entitled to respect, reverence, or observance; profanation; infringement; unjust force; outrage; assault.
Do violence to do man. --Luke iii. 14.
We can not, without offering violence to all records, divine and human, deny an universal deluge. --T. Burnet.
Looking down, he saw
The whole earth filled with violence. --Milton.
3. Ravishment; rape; constupration.
To do violence on, to attack; to murder. “She . . . did violence on herself.” --Shak.
To do violence to, to outrage; to injure; as, he does violence to his own opinions.
Syn: -- Vehemence; outrage; fierceness; eagerness; violation; infraction; infringement; transgression; oppression.
Vi·o·lence, v. t. To assault; to injure; also, to bring by violence; to compel. [Obs.]
n 1: 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" [syn:
2: the property of being wild or turbulent; "the storm's
violence" [syn: ferocity, fierceness, furiousness, fury,
3: a turbulent state resulting in injuries and destruction etc.