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
  1. noun
    a turbulent state resulting in injuries and destruction etc.
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    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)
  2. noun
    an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists)
    synonyms: force
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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
  3. noun
    the property of being wild or turbulent
    “the storm's violence
    synonyms: ferocity, fierceness, furiousness, fury, vehemence, wildness
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    savageness, savagery
    the property of being untamed and ferocious
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    intensity, intensiveness
    high level or degree; the property of being intense
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