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violent

adjective  us   /ˈvɑɪ·ə·lənt/
using or involving force to hurt or attack: violent crime The police are concerned about the possibility of violent behavior at the demonstration. A violent death is one that is caused suddenly and unexpectedly by the use of physical force, esp. murder. Violent can mean very strong: a violent explosion A violent person or attitude is one that expresses great anger.
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