Definition of violent
- a violent attack
- violent crime
- The peaceful demonstration turned violent.
- violent movies
- violent storms
- violent coughing
- a violent death
- became violent after an insult
- violent prison inmates
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.
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: 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
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