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adjective violent pronunciation in American English /ˈvaɪələnt/
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  1. 1
    involving the use of physical force, with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people
    There were violent confrontations on the streets last night.
    victims of violent and abusive behavior
    Statistics show a fall in both violent and non-violent crime.
    1. a.
      someone who is violent often gets into fights and attacks people
      When he’s been drinking, he’s likely to get violent.
  2. 3
    painful and difficult to control
    violent cramps/diarrhea
    a violent coughing fit
  3. 4
    showing very strong and angry emotions or opinions
    a violent argument
    The show provoked a violent reaction in some sections of the press.


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