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Violent ActPlay
The term is often associated with violent historical methods of punishment. SlideMedieval tales often describe knights being decapitated in battle.
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The word evokes strong, gory images; use it carefully to avoid distress. SlideThe horror movie depicted a villain decapitating his foes.
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Today, it's more common in figurative language, except in specific contexts. SlideThe novel metaphorically described the king's fall as a decapitation.