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Definition of violence noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1violent behavior that is intended to hurt or kill someone crimes/acts/threats of violence violence (against somebody) He condemned the protesters'use of violence against the police. domestic violence (= between family members) Why do they always have to resort to violence? Violence broke out/erupted inside the prison last night. Is there too much sex and violence on TV?
  2. 2physical or emotional force and energy The violence of her feelings surprised him. the violence of the eruption He reacted to the idea with some violence.
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