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Meaning of violent by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old French violent, from Latin violentus, from vīs ( “strength” ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈvaɪ( ə )lənt/


    violent ( comparative more violent, superlative most violent )

    1. Involving extreme force or motion .
      A violent wind ripped the branch from the tree .
    2. Involving physical conflict .
      We would rather negotiate, but we will use violent means if needed .
    3. Likely to use physical force .
      The escaped prisoners are considered extremely violent .
    4. Intensely vivid .
      The artist expressed his emotional theme through violent colors .


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Explanation of violent by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. characterized by violence or bloodshed

    2. marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions

    3. violent passions
    4. ( of colors or sounds ) intensely vivid or loud

    5. a violent clash of colors
      her dress was a violent red
      a violent noise
    6. effected by force or injury rather than natural causes

    7. a violent death
    8. acting with or marked by or resulting from great force or energy or emotional intensity

    9. a violent attack
      a violent person
      violent feelings
      a violent rage
      felt a violent dislike

    Definition of violent by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Violent a. [F., from L. violentus, from vis strength, force; probably akin to Gr. a muscle, strength.]
      1. Moving or acting with physical strength; urged or impelled with force; excited by strong feeling or passion; forcible; vehement; impetuous; fierce; furious; severe; as, “a violent blow; the violent attack of a disease.”

      Float upon a wild and violent sea. Shak.

      A violent cross wind from either coast. Milton.

      2. Acting, characterized, or produced by unjust or improper force; outrageous; unauthorized; as, “a violent attack on the right of free speech”.

      To bring forth more violent deeds. Milton.

      Some violent hands were laid on Humphrey's life. Shak.

      3. Produced or effected by force; not spontaneous; unnatural; abnormal.

      These violent delights have violent ends. Shak.

      No violent state can be perpetual. T. Burnet.

      Ease would recant

      Vows made in pain, as violent and void. Milton.

      Violent presumption ( Law ), presumption of a fact that arises from proof of circumstances which necessarily attend such facts. -- Violent profits ( Scots Law ), rents or profits of an estate obtained by a tenant wrongfully holding over after warning. They are recoverable in a process of removing.

      Syn. -- Fierce; vehement; outrageous; boisterous; turbulent; impetuous; passionate; severe; extreme.

    2. Violent, n. An assailant. [Obs.] Dr. H. More.

    3. Violent, v. t. [Cf. F. violenter.] To urge with violence. [Obs.] Fuller.

    4. Violent, v. i. To be violent; to act violently. [Obs.]

      The grief is fine, full, perfect, that I taste,

      And violenteth in a sense as strong

      As that which causeth it. Shak.