violence noun

1 behaviour that hurts other people physically

ADJ. considerable, great, excessive, extreme, large-scale, serious | fresh There are fears of fresh violence if the strike continues. | continuing, escalating, growing | gratuitous, unnecessary Letters poured in complaining about the gratuitous violence on the show. | mindless, random, uncontrolled | brutal | criminal, unlawful | endemic, institutionalized, widespread attempts to rescue the country from endemic violence | sporadic In spite of sporadic violence, polling was largely orderly. | domestic, physical, sexual | drug-related, election-related, etc. | communal, ethnic, inter-communal, inter-ethnic, racial, sectarian | political, revolutionary, terrorist | left-wing, right-wing

QUANT. level

VERB + VIOLENCE commit, 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. | suffer She had suffered years of violence and abuse. | encourage, incite, provoke | denounce, deplore, hate, reject | breed Hatred breeds violence. | spill over into The enthusiasm of the protest spilled over into violence. | contain UN peacekeepers are struggling to contain the escalating violence. | end, quell Troops were called in to quell the violence. | be capable of We are all capable of violence in certain circumstances.

VIOLENCE + VERB break out, erupt, flare, occur Violence erupted outside the prison last night. | mar sth The demonstration was marred by violence. | escalate, intensify, worsen Observers have warned that the violence could escalate into full-scale armed conflict. | spread

PREP. ~ against violence against police officers | ~ among violence among football supporters | ~ between violence between rival ethnic groups | ~ towards violence towards ethnic minorities | ~ within violence within the family

PHRASES 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/outbreak 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. | a threat of violence, an upsurge in violence, a victim of violence a refuge for victims of domestic violence | violence begets/breeds violence We have to make people realize that violence only begets more violence. | a wave of violence

2 physical/emotional force

ADJ. suppressed

PREP. with (a) ~ He kissed her with suppressed violence.