♦♦♦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.Syn:Derived words: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.Derived words: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.Syn:Derived words: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.Syn: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.Derived words: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.
English dictionary. 2008.