violent (adj.)

mid-14c., from Old French violent or directly from Latin violentus, related to violare (see violation). In Middle English the word also was applied in reference to heat, sunlight, smoke, etc., with the sense "having some quality so strongly as to produce a powerful effect." Related: Violently.

updated on March 15, 2014

Definitions of violent from WordNet

violent (adj.)
(of colors or sounds) intensely vivid or loud;
a violent clash of colors
a violent noise
her dress was a violent red
Synonyms: wild
violent (adj.)
acting with or marked by or resulting from great force or energy or emotional intensity;
a violent person
a violent rage
violent feelings
a violent attack
felt a violent dislike
violent (adj.)
effected by force or injury rather than natural causes;
a violent death
violent (adj.)
marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions; inclined to react violently; fervid;
violent passions
Synonyms: fierce / tearing / vehement / trigger-happy
violent (adj.)
characterized by violence or bloodshed; "writes of crimson deeds and barbaric days"- Andrea Parke; "fann'd by Conquest's crimson wing"- Thomas Gray; "convulsed with red rage"- Hudson Strode;
Synonyms: crimson / red
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