violent

violent
[[t]va͟ɪ͟ələnt[/t]]
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1) ADJ-GRADED If someone is violent, or if they do something which is violent, they use physical force or weapons to hurt, injure, or kill other people.

A quarter of current inmates have committed violent crimes.

...violent anti-government demonstrations...

When I first came here, I was very violent...

Sometimes the men get violent.

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violently ADV-GRADED ADV with v

Some opposition activists have been violently attacked.

2) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n A violent event happens suddenly and with great force.

A violent impact hurtled her forward...

A violent explosion seemed to jolt the whole ground.

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violently ADV-GRADED ADV with v

A nearby volcano erupted violently, sending out a hail of molten rock and boiling mud.

3) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe something as violent, you mean that it is said, done, or felt very strongly.

Violent opposition to the plan continues...

He had violent stomach pains.

...an outburst of violent emotion.

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violently ADV-GRADED

He was violently scolded.

4) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n Violent changes are extreme changes from one state to another.

Larry began suffering severe headaches and violent mood swings.

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5) ADJ-GRADED A violent death is painful and unexpected, usually because the person who dies has been murdered.

...an innocent man who had met a violent death.

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violently ADV-GRADED ADV with v

...a girl who had died violently nine years earlier.

6) ADJ-GRADED A violent film or television programme contains a lot of scenes which show violence.

It was the most violent film that I have ever seen.

7) ADJ-GRADED: ADJ n If you describe a colour as violent, you mean that it is extremely, and often unpleasantly, bright.

...the violent red of dying sunset.

8) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n Violent weather is extremely stormy and windy.

A violent storm had struck the area.


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  • violent — violent, ente [ vjɔlɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • 1213; lat. violentus 1 ♦ Impétueux; qui agit ou s exprime sans aucune retenue. ⇒ brusque, coléreux. « Les hommes ont été de tout temps [...] égoïstes, violents » (France). Une femme violente. « Il s est montré …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • violent — violent, ente (vi o lan, lan t ) adj. 1°   Qui agit avec force. Vent violent. •   L orage est violent...., TH. CORN. Essex, I, 2.    Qui se fait sentir avec force. Une douleur violente. Une fièvre violente. Un violent mal de dents. •   Pouvons …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Violent — Vi o*lent, a. [F., from L. violentus, from vis strength, force; probably akin to Gr. ? a muscle, strength.] 1. Moving or acting with physical strength; urged or impelled with force; excited by strong feeling or passion; forcible; vehement;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • violent — VIOLÉNT, Ă, violenţi, te, adj. 1. Care se produce sau acţionează cu putere, cu intensitate, cu violenţă; intens, puternic, tare. ♦ (Despre culori, lumină etc.) Izbitor, ţipător; tare, viu, puternic. 2. (Despre fiinţe) Care are accese de furie,… …   Dicționar Român

  • violent — Violent, [viol]ente. adject. Impetueux, qui agit avec force, avec impetuosité. Remede violent. vent violent. tempeste violente. mouvement violent. Il se dit aussi, d une douleur grande & aiguë. Fiévre violente. mal violent. douleur violente. On… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • violent — [vī′ələnt] adj. [ME < MFr < L violentus, violent, akin to violare, to VIOLATE] 1. a) acting with or characterized by great physical force, so as to injure, damage, or destroy b) acting or characterized by force unlawfully or callously used… …   English World dictionary

  • Violent — Vi o*lent, v. i. To be violent; to act violently. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The grief is fine, full, perfect, that I taste, And violenteth in a sense as strong As that which causeth it. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • violent — index brutal, demonstrative (expressive of emotion), disorderly, drastic, extreme (exaggerated), forcible, hot blooded …   Law dictionary

  • violent — [adj1] destructive agitated, aroused, berserk, bloodthirsty, brutal, coercive, crazy, cruel, demoniac, desperate, distraught, disturbed, enraged, fierce, fiery, forceful, forcible, frantic, fuming, furious, great, headstrong, homicidal,… …   New thesaurus

  • violent — Violent, Violentus. Un son violent, Excitatus sonus …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • violent — ► ADJECTIVE 1) using or involving violence. 2) very intense, forceful, or powerful. DERIVATIVES violently adverb. ORIGIN Latin, vehement, violent …   English terms dictionary

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