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NOUN (3)

1. an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists);
- Example: "he may accomplish by craft in the long run what he cannot do by force and violence in the short one"
[syn: violence, force]

2. the property of being wild or turbulent;
- Example: "the storm's violence"
[syn: ferocity, fierceness, furiousness, fury, vehemence, violence, wildness]

3. a turbulent state resulting in injuries and destruction etc.;


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Violence \Vi"o*lence\, n. [F., fr. L. violentia. See Violent.] 1. The quality or state of being violent; highly excited action, whether physical or moral; vehemence; impetuosity; force. [1913 Webster] That seal You ask with such a violence, the king, Mine and your master, with his own hand gave me. --Shak. [1913 Webster] All the elements At least had gone to wrack, disturbed and torn With the violence of this conflict. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Injury done to that which is entitled to respect, reverence, or observance; profanation; infringement; unjust force; outrage; assault. [1913 Webster] Do violence to do man. --Luke iii. 14. [1913 Webster] We can not, without offering violence to all records, divine and human, deny an universal deluge. --T. Burnet. [1913 Webster] Looking down, he saw The whole earth filled with violence. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. Ravishment; rape; constupration. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Syn: Vehemence; outrage; fierceness; eagerness; violation; infraction; infringement; transgression; oppression. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Violence \Vi"o*lence\, v. t. To assault; to injure; also, to bring by violence; to compel. [Obs.] --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

violence 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: violence, force] 2: the property of being wild or turbulent; "the storm's violence" [syn: ferocity, fierceness, furiousness, fury, vehemence, violence, wildness] 3: a turbulent state resulting in injuries and destruction etc.
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

148 Moby Thesaurus words for "violence": Alecto, Megaera, Nemesis, Tisiphone, abuse, acerbity, acidity, acridity, acrimony, agitability, animality, argumentum baculinum, assault, astringency, atrociousness, atrocity, attack, barbarity, barbarousness, beastliness, bestiality, bite, bitterness, bloodiness, bloodlust, bloodthirst, bloodthirstiness, bloody-mindedness, brutality, brutalness, brute force, brutishness, burning rage, cannibalism, causticity, clash, coercion, combustibility, compulsion, constraint, cruelness, cruelty, damage, destructiveness, distort, do violence to, duress, edge, edginess, emotional instability, emotionalism, energy, eruptiveness, excitability, excitableness, explosiveness, ferociousness, ferocity, fiendishness, fierceness, foul, frenzy, furious rage, furor, fury, grip, harm, harshness, high pressure, ill-treatment, ill-usage, ill-use, inflammability, inhumaneness, inhumanity, injure, injury, intensity, intimidation, irascibility, irritability, keenness, latent violence, maltreatment, might, mightiness, mistreatment, molestation, mordacity, mordancy, murderousness, nervousness, outrage, passion, perturbability, physical force, poignancy, point, power, pressure, prickliness, rage, rigor, roughness, ruthlessness, sadism, sadistic cruelty, sanguineousness, savagery, sensitivity, severity, sharpness, skittishness, startlishness, sting, strength, stridency, stringency, strong-arm tactics, tartness, tearing passion, teeth, tempestuousness, the Erinyes, the Eumenides, the Furies, the big stick, the bludgeon, the club, the jackboot, the mailed fist, the strong arm, the sword, touchiness, towering rage, trenchancy, truculence, twist, uproar, vandalism, vehemence, viciousness, vigor, violation, virulence, wanton cruelty, warp, wildness
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

VIOLENCE. The abuse of force. Theorie des Lois Criminelles, 32. That force which is employed against common right, against the laws, and against public liberty. Merl. h. t, 2. In cases of robbery, in order to convict the accused, it is requisite to prove that the act was done with violence; but this violence is not confined to an actual assault of the person, by beating, knocking down, or forcibly wresting from him on the contrary, whatever goes to intimidate or overawe, by the apprehension of personal violence, or by fear of life, with a view to compel the delivery of property equally falls within its limits. Alison, Pr. Cr. Law of Scotl. 228; 4 Binn. R. 379; 2 Russ. on Cr. 61; 1 Hale P. C. 553. When an article is merely snatched, as by a sudden pull, even though a momentary force be exerted, it is not such violence as to constitute a robbery. 2 East, P. C. 702; 2 Russ. Cr. 68; Dig. 4, 2, 2 and 3.