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1Done without good reason; uncalled for.‘gratuitous violence’
unjustified, without reason, uncalled for, unwarranted, unprovoked, undueView synonyms
- ‘These are the people who like to censor rap lyrics and condemn gratuitous violence, and the violence here seems pretty gratuitous.’
- ‘He will be shown gratuitous sex and graphic violence, hidden behind innuendo and called a romantic comedy.’
- ‘Extreme violence, at times gratuitous, is a recurring motif in his early films.’
- ‘This is gratuitous violence, sick, bone-crunching, vicious and obscene.’
- ‘Once you've got over all the rampant misogyny and gratuitous, comic-book violence, it's an entertaining night in.’
- ‘I was unimpressed by the litany of self - destruction, violence and gratuitous sexism.’
- ‘Graphic, gratuitous sex is as commonplace as graphic, gratuitous violence and no-one bats an eyelid.’
- ‘His death seemed so gratuitous, so uncalled for, that at first I couldn't figure out why it was in the film.’
- ‘Is the film a gratuitous violence fest or maybe just a blatant metaphor for how greed corrupts?’
- ‘This adaptation will have its critics, and it'll be hard to answer their accusations of gratuitous violence.’
- ‘And no films with gratuitous violence, nudity or profanity were allowed.’
- ‘The gratuitous gossip included claims of domestic violence, adultery and abusive relationships.’
- ‘I don't think there's an audience for gratuitous blasphemy or for gratuitous swearing - because it's boring.’
- ‘The violence gets fairly gratuitous, but again, depending on your taste, maybe that's a selling point.’
- ‘There are people who turn out for these things solely to indulge in a bit of gratuitous violence, hoping it'll spread.’
- ‘Now, the only thing left to talk about is all of the gratuitous violence, which will certainly be a hot topic, no matter how well the film does.’
- ‘And indeed, it's hard to imagine a device that inflicts more gratuitous damage on the environment.’
- ‘The violence was gratuitous and appalling, but the film could be dismissed as essentially cartoonish.’
- ‘It is extremely painful to watch and yet the violence is never gratuitous.’
- ‘In other words, humour should be neither gratuitous nor excessive, but judicious.’
2Given or done free of charge.‘solicitors provide a form of gratuitous legal advice’
free, gratis, complimentary, voluntary, volunteer, unpaid, unrewarded, unsalaried, free of charge, without charge, for nothing, at no cost, without paymentView synonyms
- ‘These licences are essentially gratuitous, since if any charge was made for them, they would be regarded as contractual.’
- ‘They were gratuitous volunteers, not bona fide purchasers for value without notice.’
- ‘Court employees should cite this Principle when pressed by those seeking gratuitous legal advice.’
- ‘It was a voluntary and gratuitous offer by the chambers to provide education and training.’
- ‘We are not aware of any cases in which the nonlawyer provider of gratuitous legal advice, such as to a friend or relative, was charged under these laws.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin gratuitus ‘given freely, spontaneous’ + -ous.
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