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Definition of violent adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1involving or caused by physical force that is intended to hurt or kill someone violent crime Students were involved in violent clashes with the police. He met with a violent death (= he was murdered, killed in a fight, etc.) Her husband was a violent man. The crowd suddenly turned violent. Children should not be allowed to watch violent movies (= that show a lot of violence).
  2. 2showing or caused by very strong emotion There was a violent reaction from the public.
  3. 3very strong and sudden synonym intense, severe I took a violent dislike to him. a violent explosion a violent change a violent headache
  4. 4(of a color) extremely bright Her dress was a violent pink.
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