- 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, harsh, rough, aggressive, bullying, threatening, terrorizing, fierce, wild, intemperate, hot-headed, hot-tempered, bloodthirsty, ferocious, berserk, frenzied; in a frenzy, out of control, barbarous, barbaric, thuggish, cut-throat, homicidal, murderous, maniacal, rabid, inhuman, heartless, callous, ruthless, merciless, pitiless, cruelScottish • informal radgepowerful, forceful, hard, sharp, smart, strong, vigorous, mighty, hefty, harsh, thunderous, savage, ferocious, fierce, brutal, vicious, destructive, damaging, painful; lethal, deadly, fatal, mortal, death-dealing
- 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 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.
- 2(Especially of an emotion or a destructive natural force) very strong or powerful: violent dislike the violent eruption killed 1,700 peopleMore example sentences
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
- 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.
- 2.1(Of a colour) vivid: violent fiery coloursMore 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
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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'.