Definition of violent in English:


Line breaks: vio|lent
Pronunciation: /ˈvʌɪəl(ə)nt


  • 2(Especially of an emotion or a destructive natural force) very strong or powerful: violent dislike the violent eruption killed 1,700 people
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    • Anger is an emotional state that varies in intensity, ranging from mild irritation to violent rage.
    • But as their relationship developed, it became clear he had an alcohol problem which set off a violent temper.
    • No other individual currently on our screens and in our tabloids can solicit such violent hatred from my otherwise amiable self.
    intense, extreme, strong, powerful, forceful, great, vehement, wild, frenzied, raging, riotous, rampaging, rampant, out of control, stormy, tempestuous, turbulent, tumultuous, intemperate, uncontrolled, unrestrained, uncurbed, unchecked, unbridled, unfettered, uncontrollable, unmanageable, ungovernable, inordinate, excessive, consuming, passionate, overwhelming, immoderate
  • 2.1(Of a colour) vivid: violent fiery colours
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    • Van Gogh expressed psychological turmoil through expressionist contrasts of violent colour.
    • He was covered from head to toe in violent pink paint.
    • Well Dave, it could be a trick of the light, but it looks like you are developing a "island gut" under that violent orange shirt



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  • The year since the war has been one in which the pieces on the international chess board were violently shaken.
  • The kayak shuddered violently, and he was blinded by salty spray that flew up at his face.
  • Are you sometimes in difficult situations because you have reacted angrily or even violently?


Middle English (in the sense 'having a marked or powerful effect'): via Old French from Latin violent- 'vehement, violent'.

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