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Who does not realise that the violence is often gratuitous? Times, Sunday Times (2010)Bosses wanted to respect the audience by not making the scenes gratuitous. The Sun (2010)He was the victim of wholly gratuitous violence in the prison where he was detained. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The violence is not gratuitous, and it is hard to watch. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The problem is that the violence does seem gratuitous, ludicrous lurches at the ends of acts. Times, Sunday Times (2007)And so the series continues to insert gratuitous violence into the story where it didn't exist before. Christianity Today (2000)I love the way he takes things in his stride without the need for gratuitous violence. The Sun (2008)More seriously, it encourages gratuitous violence and is almost wholly devoid of the arts and skills which once adorned it. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Show gratuitous violence is unacceptable. The Sun (2008)Fees sometimes lack transparency and, more frustratingly, are often gratuitous. Times, Sunday Times (2016)
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British English: gratuitous ADJECTIVE
If you describe something as gratuitous, you mean that it is unnecessary, and often harmful or upsetting.
There's too much crime and gratuitous violence on TV.
Definition of gratuitous from the Collins English Dictionary
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