violent

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adjective vi·o·lent \ˈvī-ə-lənt\

Definition of violent

  1. 1a :  extremely powerful or forceful and capable of causing damage violent storms violent coughingb (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

  2. 2a :  notably forceful, furious, or vehement a violent argument a violent denunciationb :  extreme, intense violent pain violent colors

  3. 3 :  caused by physical force or violence :  not natural a violent death

  4. 4a :  emotionally agitated to the point of using harmful physical force became violent after an insultb :  prone to commit acts of violence violent prison inmates

violently

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Examples of violent in a sentence

  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 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

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adjective vi·o·lent \ˈvī-ə-lənt\

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

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adjective vi·o·lent \ˈvī-ə-lənt\

Definition of violent for Students

  1. 1 :  showing very strong force a violent earthquake

  2. 2 :  1extreme 1, intense violent pain

  3. 3 :  using or likely to use harmful force a violent person

  4. 4 :  caused by force a violent death

violently

adverb The ground shook violently.


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