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  • n. an event that causes someone to die


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  • At AEI, he amped up his usual sky-is-falling rhetoric, claiming that the coercive interrogations of al-Qaeda detainees had “prevented the violent death of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of innocent people.”

    The Longest War

  • Not boys any more but men, though not men in the Bob-Jack-Hughie mold; hardship, battle euphoria and violent death had made something out of them Drogheda never could.

    The Thorn Birds

  • Lord; and the prophet was in great danger of violent death at the hands of the Sionists (xxvi; cf. vii).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • Cardinal Allen describes the bishops, in his reply to Burghley, as having been "vexed, spoiled, tormented, and slain; ... whose martyrdom" he says, "is before God as glorious, as if they had by a speedy violent death been despatched".

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne

  • The visit of Vladimir Bourtzeff to Chicago just after his exposure of the famous secret agent, Azeff, filled one with perplexity in regard to a government which would connive at the violent death of a faithful official and that of a member of the royal household for the sake of bringing opprobrium and punishment to the revolutionists and credit to the secret police.

    Twenty Years at Hull-House, With Autobiographical Notes

  • And St. Peter's words about the name Haceldama might be referred to the "reward of iniquity" as well as the violent death of the traitor.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • This unworthy and cruel usage might well exasperate Cacil; but fearing their power, who had affronted him in the person of his mother, and having the violent death of his brothers before his eyes, he curbed his resentments, and broke not out into the least complaint.

    The Works of John Dryden


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