Learner's definition of VIOLENCE
1 : the use of physical force to harm someone, to damage property, etc.
an act of violence
They need to learn how to settle their arguments without resorting to violence.
They spoke out against (the use of) violence against women.
Violence erupted in the streets. [=people began fighting, setting fires, etc., in the streets]
movies filled with sex and violence
domestic violence [=acts or threats of physical harm that happen in the home]
2 : great destructive force or energy
do violence to
: to harm or weaken (something) : to make (something) less effective