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adjective     violent pronunciation in American English
  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. 4
    showing very strong and angry emotions or opinions

    a violent argument

    The show provoked a violent reaction in some sections of the press.

  3. 5
    a violent color is very bright and almost painful to look at
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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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