- The definition of violent is forceful, dangerous or causing great injury or death.
An example of something violent is a storm that knocks down houses, trees and power lines.
violent definition by Webster's New World
- acting with or characterized by great physical force, so as to injure, damage, or destroy
- acting or characterized by force unlawfully or callously used
- caused by violence: a violent death
- showing, or resulting from, strong feeling or emotion; vehement; furious: violent language
- emotionally disturbed to an uncontrollable degree
- extreme; intense; very strong: a violent storm
- tending to distort the meaning: to put a violent construction on a text
Origin: Middle English ; from Middle French ; from Classical Latin violentus, violent, akin to violare, to violate
- violently adverb
violent definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Marked by, acting with, or resulting from great force: a violent attack.
- Having or showing great emotional force: violent dislike.
- Marked by intensity; extreme: violent pain; a violent squall. See Synonyms at intense.
- Caused by unexpected force or injury rather than by natural causes: a violent death.
- Tending to distort or injure meaning, phrasing, or intent.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin violentus, from vīs, vi-, force; see weiə- in Indo-European roots.
- viˈo·lent·ly adverb