violent - definition and synonyms


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    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 behaviour

    Statistics show a fall in both violent and non-violent crime.

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      someone who is violent often gets into fights and attacks people

      When he’s been drinking, he’s likely to get violent.

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    a violent colour is very bright and almost painful to look at