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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. C2 extreme force: We were all surprised at the violence of his anger/rage. The storm turned out to be one of unexpected violence.
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