Definitions of violent

  1. characterized by violence or bloodshed; " writes of crimson deeds and barbaric days"- Andrea Parke; " fann'd by Conquest's crimson wing"- Thomas Gray; " convulsed with red rage"- Hudson Strode
  2. marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions; inclined to react violently; fervid; " fierce loyalty"; " in a tearing rage"; " vehement dislike"; " violent passions"
  3. acting with or marked by or resulting from great force or energy or emotional intensity; " a violent attack"; " a violent person"; " violent feelings"; " a violent rage"; " felt a violent dislike"
  4. ( of colors or sounds) intensely vivid or loud; " a violent clash of colors"; " her dress was a violent red"; " a violent noise"; " wild colors"; " wild shouts"
  5. effected by force or injury rather than natural causes; " a violent death"
  6. Moving or acting with physical strength; urged or impelled with force; excited by strong feeling or passion; forcible; vehement; impetuous; fierce; furious; severe; as, a violent blow; the violent attack of a disease.
  7. Acting, characterized, or produced by unjust or improper force; outrageous; unauthorized; as, a violent attack on the right of free speech.
  8. Produced or effected by force; not spontaneous; unnatural; abnormal.
  9. An assailant.
  10. To urge with violence.
  11. To be violent; to act violently.
  12. Urged or driven by extreme force; improperly forcible; passionate; as, violent language, or a violent temper; furious; severe; as, a violent storm, or violent pain; resulting from the use of force; as, he met a violent death.
  13. Acting with physical force or strength: moved by strong feeling: passionate: vehement: outrageous: produced by force: unnatural.
  14. Acting with force or strong passion; passionate; vehement; outrageous.
  15. Forcible; furious; intense.
  16. Acting with physical force; impetuous; fierce; vehement; characterized by great force or violence; outrageous; produced by or acting by violence.
  17. Urged or driven with force; producing or acting by force; outrageous; not natural; extorted.

Usage examples for violent

  1. He looked hard at his client, expecting to receive a violent reply. – Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
  2. They are very violent. – The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge by Arthur Conan Doyle
  3. " 'Why he has taken such a sudden, and, if I may say it, violent fancy to you, I find it hard to understand myself. – Cynthia Wakeham's Money by Anna Katharine Green
  4. And so the tone in which the phrase is uttered gets more and more violent, Alceste becoming more and more angry- not with Oronte, as he thinks- but with himself. – Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic by Henri Bergson
  5. It had become violent. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  6. For its protection, Roger had had a clever electrical contrivance fitted up, by means of which anyone not in the secret and trying to touch the mummy- case would receive a violent shock. – Lord John in New York by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  7. Your passions are violent. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  8. From what was generally said it seemed certain that Mege would be extremely violent. – Paris From the "Three Cities" by Emile Zola
  9. The men who deserted you all died a violent death that night. – Princess Maritza by Percy Brebner
  10. The thing was offered to me, not because I was thought to be fit for it, but because I had become wonderful by being brought near to a violent death! – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
  11. " No." " Well, you needn't be violent. – The Unspeakable Perk by Samuel Hopkins Adams
  12. The intolerable familiarity of all this was fast working Kenton to a violent explosion, but he contained himself, and Bittridge stepped forward to lay the paper on the table before him. – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  13. At sight of him she gave a start, sudden and violent, and uttered a sharp cry. – The U.P. Trail by Zane Grey
  14. During a violent fever at Manresa, he thought he was near his death. – The Autobiography of St. Ignatius by Saint Ignatius Loyola
  15. A change had come upon both of us as sudden as if we had been awakened by a violent noise. – Romance by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  16. All her family had gone to church, when a violent storm arose. – Studies in the Out-Lying Fields of Psychic Science by Hudson Tuttle
  17. His writing is amusing, sometimes violent, but always empty. – Erik Dorn by Ben Hecht
  18. When I stood in the room she was putting violent hands to the throat of the thing. – Somewhere in Red Gap by Harry Leon Wilson
  19. He did not know how violent the explosion in Tillman had been. – The Short Line War by Merwin-Webster
  20. When she was grown up the King looked at her one day, and saw that in every respect she was like his late wife, and suddenly felt a violent love for her. – Household Tales by Brothers Grimm by Grimm Brothers