violence - definition and synonyms

noun [uncountable] 

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  1. 1
    violent behaviour

    He had endured years of intimidation and violence.

    an act of senseless violence

    violence against:

    a seminar on pornography and violence against women

    an outbreak of violence (=an occasion when people behave violently):

    In a recent outbreak of racial violence, 20 people were killed.

    violence erupts:

    Violence erupted in a number of cities.

    incite/provoke violence (=deliberately encourage people to be violent):

    The group has been accused of deliberately inciting violence against immigrants.

  2. 2
    extreme natural force, often causing great damage
    violence of:

    the violence of the storm

    1. a.
      extreme strength of feelings
      violence of:

      The violence of her emotions shocked her.