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violent crime

Definition of Violent Crime

(noun) A crime committed through the use of force or the threat of force.

Violent Crime Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈvaɪ(ə)lənt kraɪm/
    • British English
      • /ˈvʌɪələnt krʌɪm/
      • /ˈvʌɪəln̩t krʌɪm/
  • Syllabification: (vi·o·lent crime)

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Cite the Definition of Violent Crime

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “violent crime.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 16, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/violent-crime/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

violent crime. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/violent-crime/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “violent crime.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 16, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/violent-crime/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“violent crime.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/violent-crime/>.