violent Meaning, Definition & Usage
adjective 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
adjective satellite effected by force or injury rather than natural causes
- a violent death
adjective satellite (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
adjective satellite marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions; inclined to react violently; fervid
fierce; vehement; tearing; trigger-happy.
- fierce loyalty
- in a tearing rage
- vehement dislike
- violent passions
adjective satellite 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
EtymologyF., from L.
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 violentblow; the violentattack of a disease.
Float upon a wild and violent sea. Shak.
A violent cross wind from either coast. Milton.
Acting, characterized, or produced by unjust or improper force; outrageous; unauthorized; as, a. violentattack on the right of free speech
To bring forth more violent deeds. Milton.
Some violent hands were laid on Humphrey's life. Shak.
Produced or effected by force; not spontaneous; unnatural; abnormal.
These violent delights have violent ends. Shak.
No violent state can be perpetual. T. Burnet.
Ease would recant Vows made in pain, as violent and void. Milton.
Syn. -- Fierce; vehement; outrageous; boisterous; turbulent; impetuous; passionate; severe; extreme.
An assailant.Obs. Dr. H. More.
Vi"o*lent transitive verb
To urge with violence.Obs. Fuller.
Vi"o*lent intransitive verb
To be violent; to act violently.Obs.
The grief is fine, full, perfect, that I taste, An violenteth in a sense as strong As that which causeth it. Shak.