The Third Definition of “Violence”: Changing the Definition of Words

Most can define violence nearly exactly in line with the Oxford English Dictionary‘s first listed definition;

Violence: “The exercise of physical force so as to inflict injury on, or cause damage to, persons or property”

Oxford English Dictionary

This is the ‘1.a.’ definition. The 1.c. definition, first noted in 1596 is more intellectual,

Violence: “Improper treatment or use of a word; wresting or perversion of meaning or application; unauthorized alteration of wording.”

Oxford English Dictionary

The definitions of words are of such importance that they are considered on par with, and derived from acts of physical violence. Corruption of words has such an impact on society that the description of the act uses the same word that causes physical pain to our fellow man.

Commit no violence. Violence destroys society. Violence is the last resort.

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