Definition of “violence” - English Dictionary

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“violence” in British English

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violencenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈvaɪə.ləns/ us /ˈvaɪə.ləns/

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

  • A lot of viewers complained that there was too much gratuitous sex and violence in the film.
  • How many people have died at the hands of terrorist organizations since the violence began?
  • The programme makers reject the notion that seeing violence on television has a harmful effect on children.
  • More police were sent to help contain the violence.
  • This week's broadcast features a report on victims of domestic violence.

(Definition of “violence” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“violence” in American English

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violencenoun [ U ]

us /ˈvɑɪ·ə·ləns/

extremely forceful actions that are intended to hurt people or are likely to cause damage:

She was concerned about the amount of violence on television.
The storm turned out to be one of unexpected violence.

(Definition of “violence” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)