Definition of violent
1a : extremely powerful or forceful and capable of causing damage <violent storms> <violent coughing>b (1) : marked by the use of usually harmful or destructive physical force <a violent attack> <violent crime> <The peaceful demonstration turned violent.> (2) : showing or including violence <violent movies>
3 : caused by physical force or violence : not natural <a violent death>
4a : emotionally agitated to the point of using harmful physical force <became violent after an insult>b : prone to commit acts of violence <violent prison inmates>
Examples of violent in a sentence
They witnessed a violent struggle between police and protesters.
The peaceful protest suddenly turned violent.
The city has experienced an increase in violent crime in the past year.
The final scene was extremely violent.
She suffered a violent death in a car accident.
The patient suddenly became violent and had to be restrained.
He's not a particularly violent person.
Origin and Etymology of violent
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin violentus; akin to Latin vis strength — more at vim
First Known Use: 14th century
VIOLENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of violent for English Language Learners
: 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
VIOLENT Defined for Kids
Definition of violent for Students
violentlyadverb <The ground shook violently.>
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