Violence is aggression, usually physical aggression that causes harm. Beating someone up and attacking a defenseless village are both forms of violence.

From wars and acts of terrorism to bar brawls, violence is unfortunately very common in the world — and when there's violence, people get hurt. But you'll see a lot of organized violence and acts of aggression in sports: boxing and football are extremely violent, which is why people who play those sports get so many injuries. We can also say that something powerful or wild happens with violence, like a destructive tornado.

Definitions of violence

n a turbulent state resulting in injuries and destruction etc.

violent state of the elements
Type of:
Sturm und Drang, turbulence, upheaval
a state of violent disturbance and disorder (as in politics or social conditions generally)

n an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists)

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domestic violence
violence or physical abuse directed toward your spouse or domestic partner; usually violence by men against women
road rage
violence exhibited by drivers in traffic
public violence, riot
a public act of violence by an unruly mob
race riot
a riot caused by hatred for one another of members of different races in the same community
Type of:
aggression, hostility
violent action that is hostile and usually unprovoked

n the property of being wild or turbulent

“the storm's violence
ferocity, fierceness, furiousness, fury, vehemence, wildness
savageness, savagery
the property of being untamed and ferocious
Type of:
intensity, intensiveness
high level or degree; the property of being intense

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