Violent meaning

vīə-lənt
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.

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Vivid, as in brightness or saturation.

Violent colors.

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Tending to distort meaning or intent.

A violent interpretation of a text.

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Caused by violence.

A violent death.

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Extreme; intense; very strong.

A violent storm.

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Tending to distort the meaning.

To put a violent construction on a text.

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Involving extreme force or motion.

A violent wind ripped the branch from the tree.

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Involving physical conflict.

We would rather negotiate, but we will use violent means if needed.

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Likely to use physical force.

The escaped prisoners are considered extremely violent.

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Intensely vivid.

The artist expressed his emotional theme through violent colors.

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T. Burnet.

No violent state can be perpetual.

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Milton.

Ease would recant / Vows made in pain, as violent and void.

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(archaic) To urge with violence.

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(obsolete) An assailant.

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Origin of violent

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin violentus from vīs vi- force weiə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French violent, from Latin violentus, from vÄ«s (“strength"). For the verb, compare French violenter.

    From Wiktionary