- 1Using or involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone or something: a violent confrontation with riot policeMore example sentences
brutal, vicious, savage, rough, aggressive, abusive, physically abusive, threatening, fierce, physical, wild, ferocious; barbarous, barbaric, thuggish, pugnacious, cutthroat, smash-mouth, homicidal, murderous, cruelpowerful, forceful, hard, sharp, smart, strong, vigorous, mighty, hefty; savage, ferocious, brutal, vicious
- At one point, things threatened to turn violent, but police arrived and calmed the volatile situation down.
- He began to turn violent against my mum, smashing up the house and threatening her.
- Not because he might turn violent - he has never been violent towards me - but he often conceals things from me.
- 1.1(Especially of an emotion or unpleasant or destructive natural force) very strong or powerful: violent dislike the violent eruption killed 1,700 peopleMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2(Of a color) vivid.More example sentences
- 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
- 1.3 Law Involving an unlawful exercise or exhibition of force.More example sentences
- Three of the defendants pleaded guilty to violent disorder last week.
- The plaintiff was a man with a history of mental disorder and seriously violent behaviour.
- Indulge in music, sex, dance, exercise, violent video games, bright lights, whatever.
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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'.