Adjective "violence" definition and examples

(Violence may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Behaviour involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone or something.
  1. 'domestic violence against women'
  2. 'screen violence'
  3. 'Police have warned fans that that any violence or bad behaviour will not be tolerated.'
  4. 'Family violence is one of the most insidious forms of violence against women.'
  5. 'The aims of the campaign are to highlight the prevalence of violence against women.'
  6. 'The scheme comes about in response to increased levels of violence against health workers.'
  7. 'All four defendants deny they were responsible for any of the violence against him.'
  8. 'It is now being recognised that there is a problem of increased violence against staff.'
  9. 'There had been some physical violence, but a court safety order seemed to sort that.'
  10. 'The trouble then spreads to town centre takeaways with incidents of criminal damage and violence.'
  11. 'But the down side is the possibility of violence and bad behaviour on the streets.'
  12. 'New laws could be passed in a bid to tackle the increasing levels of violence against nurses and hospital staff.'
  13. 'It is not suggested by the appellant that he was threatened with violence in 1985.'
  14. 'The appellant had no record for offences of violence or of a sexual nature.'
  15. 'That leaves the question of how immediate or imminent the threatened violence needs to be.'
  16. 'They are subject to family violence at home and sexual harassment in the work place.'
  17. 'He was alleged to have forced the complainant by violence or threats to engage in sexual activity with him.'
  18. 'The claimant and his family have been the victims of violence and discrimination in one town.'
  19. 'Each of the people who uses or threatens unlawful violence will be guilty of the offence.'
  20. 'The fact on which he now relies is that though he stole, he did not in fact threaten violence.'
  21. 'Implicit in that was a threat to use violence if the bailiff went ahead.'
  22. 'So that it was not as if she was trying to escape from an immediate threat of violence to her.'
Strength of emotion or of a destructive natural force.
  1. 'No blood is spilled in the book - but its emotional violence is devastating.'
  2. 'The violence of the wind had lessened - though the air remained redolent with the smell of dust.'

More definitions

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.

More examples(as adjective)

"declarations can be violence."

"weeks can be violence."

"tenets can be violence."

"resolutions can be violence."

"methods can be violence."

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Middle English: via Old French from Latin violentia, from violent- ‘vehement, violent’ (see violent).


do violence to