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English definition of “violence”

violence

noun [U]    /ˈvɑɪ·ə·ləns/
extremely forceful actions that are intended to hurt people or are likely to cause damage : racial / ethnic / domestic violence She was concerned about the amount of violence on television . The storm turned out to be one of unexpected violence.
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