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"violence" in British English

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violencenoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈvaɪə.ləns/
B2 actions or words that are ​intended to ​hurtpeople: 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 ​reportdocuments the ​staggeringamount of ​domestic violence against women.C2 extremeforce: We were all ​surprised at the violence of his ​anger/​rage. The ​stormturned out to be one of ​unexpected violence.
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(Definition of violence from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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violencenoun [U]

 us   /ˈvɑɪ·ə·ləns/
extremelyforcefulactions that are ​intended to ​hurtpeople or are ​likely to ​causedamage: racial/​ethnic/​domestic violence She was ​concerned about the ​amount of violence on ​television. The ​stormturned out to be one of ​unexpected violence.
(Definition of violence from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “violence”
in Arabic عُنْف…
in Korean 폭력…
in Portuguese violência…
in Catalan violència…
in Japanese 暴力…
in Chinese (Simplified) 暴力行为, 激烈的言辞, 猛烈…
in Turkish şiddet, sertlik kaba kuvvet kullanma, zor…
in Russian насилие, сила…
in Chinese (Traditional) 暴力行為, 激烈的言辭, 猛烈…
in Italian violenza, atto di violenza…
in Polish przemoc, gwałtowność…
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