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violence

noun assault, attack, brutality, clash, disorder, eruption, explosion, ferocity, force, furiousness, fury, inclemency, manus, onslaught, rage, rampage, ruthlessness, savagery, severity, unlawful force, vehemence, violentia, wildness
Foreign phrases: Insanus est qui, abjecta ratione, omnia cum impetu et furore facit.A person is insane who, deerived of reason, does everything with violence and rage. Paci sunt maxime contraria vis et injuria. Violence and injury are especially hostile to peace. Est autem vis legem simulans. Violence may also be masquerading as the law.
See also: belligerency, brutality, commotion, cruelty, embroilment, havoc, infliction, infringement, injury, outburst, passion, severity, strife

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.

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On the subject of adoption by gay couples, it claims that "Allowing children to be adopted by persons living in such (homosexual) unions would actually mean doing violence to these children .
It also attacks allowing gays to raise children, insisting, "Allowing children to be adopted by persons living in such unions would actually mean doing violence to these children, in the sense that their condition of dependency would be used to place them in an environment that is not conducive to their full human development.
The second part of the book contains a nuanced development of the "ethics of care" that is theoretical without doing violence to the spirit of that approach, and that extends the ethics of care into questions of social justice by reversing Plato's use of the analogy between city (or society) and soul.
I urge those that are doing violence to cease those acts, " De la Rua said, suggesting some of the looting had been organised by criminals.
Let's note at the outset that however we choose to cohere to some people and partition ourselves from others, attitudinally and physically, we may be doing violence to the ultimate Unity of Life pointed to by most of the world's religions.
The Clinton-Gore Administration also argue that embryos can be killed with private funds and their stem cells transferred to federally funded researchers without doing violence to the law.
If this point seems obvious, I am doing violence to the breadth of Harris's review of these theories, including her wonderful summary of the experiments sociologists have done showing how easily student-subjects can be induced, by the power of suggestion, to identify with a wholly invented group.
Any one even vaguely familiar with the Ramayana knows that the exercise of critically editing such a text runs the risk of doing violence to the tradition.
We had to find a humane way to discourage the birds, without doing violence to them.
Those cameras weren't aimed at traffic jams; they were aimed at a man doing violence to himself.
It seems that no matter how many times gun control laws are proved useless at stopping criminals from doing violence, the gun control folks always demand more such laws.
Indeed, for Jim, photography is a means of taking apart other people, of doing violence to them.