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violence

noun [U] uk   /ˈvaɪə.ləns/ us  
B2 actions or words that are intended to hurt people: It seems that the attack was a gratuitous/random/mindless act of violence. The recent outbreak/eruption of racial violence in the area is very troubling. The report documents the staggering amount of domestic violence against women.Violent or aggressiveUnkind, cruel and unfeelingTreating people or animals badly C2 extreme force: We were all surprised at the violence of his anger/rage. The storm turned out to be one of unexpected violence.Violent or aggressiveUnkind, cruel and unfeelingTreating people or animals badly
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