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violent

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adjective vi·o·lent \-lənt\

Simple Definition of violent

  • : using or involving the use of physical force to cause harm or damage to someone or something : showing violence

  • : caused by physical force or violence

  • : trying to physically attack someone because of anger

Full Definition of violent

  1. 1 :  marked by extreme force or sudden intense activity <a violent attack>

  2. 2 a :  notably furious or vehement <a violent denunciation> b :  extreme, intense <violent pain> <violent colors>

  3. 3 :  caused by force :  not natural <a violent death>

  4. 4 a :  emotionally agitated to the point of loss of self-control <became violent after an insult> b :  prone to commit acts of violence <violent prison inmates>

vi·o·lent·ly adverb

Examples of violent

  1. They witnessed a violent struggle between police and protesters.

  2. The peaceful protest suddenly turned violent.

  3. The city has experienced an increase in violent crime in the past year.

  4. The final scene was extremely violent.

  5. She suffered a violent death in a car accident.

  6. The patient suddenly became violent and had to be restrained.

  7. He's not a particularly violent person.



Origin of violent

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin violentus; akin to Latin vis strength — more at vim


First Known Use: 14th century



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