Definitions for violentˈvaɪ ə lənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vi•o•lentˈvaɪ ə lənt(adj.)

  1. acting with or characterized by uncontrolled, strong, rough force.

  2. characterized by or caused by injurious or destructive force:

    a violent death.

  3. intense in force, effect, etc.; severe; extreme:

    violent pain.

  4. roughly or immoderately vehement or ardent; furious:

    violent passions.

Origin of violent:

1300–50; < L violentus=vī(s) force, violence +-olentus, -ulent


Princeton's WordNet

  1. violent(adj)

    acting with or marked by or resulting from great force or energy or emotional intensity

    "a violent attack"; "a violent person"; "violent feelings"; "a violent rage"; "felt a violent dislike"

  2. violent(adj)

    effected by force or injury rather than natural causes

    "a violent death"

  3. violent, wild(adj)

    (of colors or sounds) intensely vivid or loud

    "a violent clash of colors"; "her dress was a violent red"; "a violent noise"; "wild colors"; "wild shouts"

  4. fierce, tearing, vehement, violent, trigger-happy(adj)

    marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions; inclined to react violently; fervid

    "fierce loyalty"; "in a tearing rage"; "vehement dislike"; "violent passions"

  5. crimson, red, 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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. violent(adjective)ˈvaɪ ə lənt

    involving the use of physical force against people or things

    violent behavior/crime; a violent death

  2. violentˈvaɪ ə lənt

    (of a person) aggressive and likely to use violence

    a violent gang member

  3. violentˈvaɪ ə lənt

    severe, forceful, and causing damage

    violent storms

  4. violentˈvaɪ ə lənt

    involving anger and other strong emotions

    a violent disagreement; violently assaulted; violently criticized; a baby vomiting violently


  1. violent(Adjective)

    Involving extreme force or motion.

    A violent wind ripped the branch from the tree.

  2. violent(Adjective)

    Involving physical conflict.

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

  3. violent(Adjective)

    Likely to use physical force.

    The escaped prisoners are considered extremely violent.

  4. violent(Adjective)

    Intensely vivid.

    The artist expressed his emotional theme through violent colors.

  5. Origin: From violent, from violentus, from vis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Violent(adj)

    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

  2. Violent(adj)

    acting, characterized, or produced by unjust or improper force; outrageous; unauthorized; as, a violent attack on the right of free speech

  3. Violent(adj)

    produced or effected by force; not spontaneous; unnatural; abnormal

  4. Violent(noun)

    an assailant

  5. Violent(verb)

    to urge with violence

  6. Violent(verb)

    to be violent; to act violently

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'violent' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3500

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'violent' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4470

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'violent' in Adjectives Frequency: #471

Translations for violent

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


having, using, or showing, great force

There was a violent storm at sea; a violent earthquake; He has a violent temper.

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