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vi·o·lent  (v-lnt)
adj.
1. Marked by, acting with, or resulting from great force: a violent attack.
2. Having or showing great emotional force: violent dislike.
3. Marked by intensity; extreme: violent pain; a violent squall. See Synonyms at intense.
4. Caused by unexpected force or injury rather than by natural causes: a violent death.
5. Tending to distort or injure meaning, phrasing, or intent.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin violentus, from vs, vi-, force; see wei- in Indo-European roots.]

vio·lent·ly adv.
violent

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