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"
effected by force or injury rather than natural causes
"a violent death"
(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"
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"
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
Involving extreme force or motion.
A violent wind ripped the branch from the tree.
Involving physical conflict.
We would rather negotiate, but we will use violent means if needed.
Likely to use physical force.
The escaped prisoners are considered extremely violent.
The artist expressed his emotional theme through violent colors.
Origin: From violent, from violentus, from vis.
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
acting, characterized, or produced by unjust or improper force; outrageous; unauthorized; as, a violent attack on the right of free speech
produced or effected by force; not spontaneous; unnatural; abnormal
to urge with violence
to be violent; to act violently
Origin: [Cf. F. violenter.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
vī′ō-lent, adj. acting with physical force or strength: moved by strong feeling: passionate: vehement: outrageous: produced by force: intense: compulsory: unnatural.—v.i. (Shak.) to be violent.—n. Vī′olence, the state or quality of being violent: force, physical or moral: unjust force: outrage: profanation: injury: rape.—adv. Vī′olently.—Do violence on (Shak.), to attack, murder; Do violence to, to outrage, injure. [Fr.,—L. violentus—vis, force.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'violent' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3500
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Rank popularity for the word 'violent' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4470
Rank popularity for the word 'violent' in Adjectives Frequency: #471
The numerical value of violent in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of violent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
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- violentCatalan, Valencian
- prudký, výrazný, násilnýCzech
- voldelig, heftig, kraftig, voldsomDanish
- brutal, gewaltig, heftig, grell, gewaltbereit, gewalttätigGerman
- βίαιος, έντονος, δυνατόςGreek
- raju, väkivaltainen, intensiivinenFinnish
- vif, violentFrench
- ainneartachScottish Gaelic
- rikító, erőszakos, hevesHungarian
- 暴力的, 激しいJapanese
- taikaha, whakarawarawa, kaikokaMāori
- jaskrawy, gwałtowny, agresywny, brutalnyPolish
- жестокий, насильственный, неистовыйRussian
- žestak, násilanSerbo-Croatian
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