Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “violence”

See all translations

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.
More examples
Translations of “violence”
in Korean 폭력…
in Arabic عُنْف…
in Portuguese violência…
in Catalan violència…
in Japanese 暴力…
in Italian violenza, atto di violenza…
in Chinese (Traditional) 暴力行為, 激烈的言辭, 猛烈…
in Russian насилие, сила…
in Turkish şiddet, sertlik kaba kuvvet kullanma, zor…
in Chinese (Simplified) 暴力行为, 激烈的言辞, 猛烈…
in Polish przemoc, gwałtowność…
(Definition of violence from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of violence?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “violence”

Definitions of “violence” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

be as cold as ice

to be extremely cold

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More