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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Despite his hardman image, he added: 'It's always difficult when you're doing violence.
Particularly in roles like medical directors where the job includes frequently being the bridge between two cultures, making sure that everyone understands from the start that different agendas, needs and goals will enable you to negotiate collaborative win-win solutions without doing violence to the organization (or yourself).
So long as these advantages are obtained without doing violence to anyone, whether through hard and smart work or by some measure of good fortune, there is nothing wrong with the resulting differences.
On the day of McVeigh's execution, a pastor at a memorial service for some of the victims' families asked, "Is there another way we can respond to this violence without doing violence ourselves?" Restorative justice doesn't promote anger, hatred, rage, or revenge by society or by the victim but offers a nonviolent response to the violence done.
Foakes praises Loncraine's film for capturing Richard's shocking pleasure taken in doing violence. In a setting updated to remind the viewer of a war-torn country like Britain in the 1930s, Loncraine ingeniously connects Shakespeare's Richard to "twentieth-century phenomena, gangsters, serial killers, the rise and fall of fascist dictators, the power of image-making, and the exploration of new technologies for political ends" (70).
"Allowing children to be adopted by persons living in [same-sex] 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.
without doing violence to his manhood." One author of temperance fiction wrote of a drinker, "[h]is strong desire to be a man was overcome by an unquenchable thirst." Another quoted a drunkard despairing: "My manhood ...
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.