1 hurting other people physically
considerable, excessive, extreme, great, large-scale, serious

There are fears of fresh violence if the strike continues.

escalating, growing
continuing, ongoing
gratuitous, unnecessary

Letters poured in complaining about the gratuitous violence on the show.

indiscriminate, random
mindless, senseless, wanton
brutal, deadly, horrific, lethal

We need to bring an end to the deadly violence in the region.


There was surprisingly little graphic violence in the film.

criminal, unlawful (BrE)
endemic, widespread

attempts to rescue the country from endemic violence


In spite of sporadic violence, polling was largely orderly.

physical, sexual
domestic, family, marital (AmE), partner (AmE)

a wave of hate violence and discrimination against migrant workers

communal, ethnic, racial, sectarian
anti-gay, anti-Semitic, etc.
drug-related, gang-related, etc.
insurgent, political, revolutionary, terrorist
school, workplace
gang, mob
male, teen (AmE), teenage, youth
commit, employ, engage in, inflict, perpetrate, resort to, turn to, use

people who inflict violence on animals

violence perpetrated by the army

The peasants believed their only choice was to resort to violence.

Under no circumstances should police use violence against protesters.


She had suffered years of violence and abuse.


Children who witness violence between parents often develop problems.

encourage, fuel, incite, promote, provoke
condemn, denounce, hate, reject, renounce

Charlie was threatening violence against them both.

condone, justify

They use their religion to justify violence


Don't buy toys that glorify violence.


Hatred breeds violence.

spill over into

The enthusiasm of the protest spilled over into violence.

contain, control

UN peacekeepers are struggling to contain the escalating violence.

curb, end, quell, stop

Troops were called in to quell the violence.

be capable of

We are all capable of violence in certain circumstances.

break out, erupt, flare, occur, take place

Violence erupted outside the prison last night.

affect sb/sth
kill sb

Political violence killed 29 people last week.

mar sth

The demonstration was marred by violence.

threaten sth

TV violence threatens the health and welfare of young people.

escalate, increase, intensify

Observers have warned that the violence could escalate into armed conflict.

violence against

violence against police officers

violence among

violence among young men

violence between

violence between rival ethnic groups

violence towards/toward

violence towards/toward ethnic minorities

violence within

violence within the family

an act of violence

Any act of violence against another player must be punished.

an end to violence

The former leader of the terrorist group has called for an end to the violence.

an eruption of violence, an outbreak of violence, an upsurge in violence, a wave of violence

The police are bracing themselves for an outbreak of violence.

fear of violence
a life of violence

It was a predictable death for a man who had lived a life of violence.

men of violence

the men of violence who start wars

an outburst of violence

He had a short temper and was prone to outbursts of violence.

the threat of violence
a victim of violence

a refuge for victims of domestic violence

violence begets violence, violence breeds violence

We have to make people realize that violence only begets more violence.

2 physical/emotional force
with (a) violence

He kissed her with suppressed violence.

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