[ noun ] 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"

Used in print

(The Atlanta Constitution...)

It was marked by controversy , anonymous midnight phone_calls and veiled threats of violence .

(John Michael Ray, "Rhode Island's Reactions...)

The Providence_Daily_Journal answered the Daily_Post by stating that the raid of John_Brown was characteristic of Democratic acts of violence and that `` He was acting in direct opposition to the Republican_Party , who proclaim as one of their cardinal principles that they do not interfere with slavery in the states '' .

Resolved that his wrongs and bereavements in Kansas , occasioned by the violence and brutality of those who were intent_on the propagation of slavery in that territory , call_for a charitable judgment upon his recent efforts in Virginia to undermine the despotism from which he had suffered , and commend his family to the special sympathy and aid of all who pity suffering and reverence justice .

(David Stacton, The Judges of the Secret Court....)

After that , violence was exultantly easy .

Violence always made him tired , but he was not frightened .

[ noun ] the property of being wild or turbulent


"the storm's violence"

Used in print

(T. C. McClary, "The Flooded Desert," Argosy,...)

It was filled with dust and wind and sound and violence .

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[ noun ] a turbulent state resulting in injuries and destruction etc.

Used in print

(The Providence Journal...)

To anyone who remembers Newport at its less_than maximum violence , this view of what the boys and girls do in the springtime before they wing north for the Jazz_Festival ought to prove entertaining .

(Frank Getlein and Harold C. Gardiner, S.J., Movies,...)

The cowboy films , the cops and robbers films , and the slapstick comedy films culminating in an insane chase are not_only catering to what critics may assume to be a vulgar taste for violence ; these films and these sequences are also seeking_out - instinctively or by_design - the peculiarly cinematic elements of narrative .

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turbulence rage