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UK [ˈvaɪələnt] / US adjective
1) involving the use of physical force, with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people

There were violent confrontations on the streets last night.

victims of violent and abusive behaviour

Statistics show a fall in both violent and non-violent crime.

a) someone who is violent often gets into fights and attacks people

When he's been drinking, he's likely to get violent.

b) containing a lot of violent action

a violent film


Collocations:
Nouns frequently used with violent
▪  attack, behaviour, clash, confrontation, crime, demonstration, incident, protest
2) a violent wind, storm, or explosion happens with great force and causes serious damage and destruction
3) painful and difficult to control

violent cramps/diarrhoea

a violent coughing fit

4) showing very strong and angry emotions or opinions

violent grief

a violent argument

The show provoked a violent reaction in some sections of the press.

5) a violent colour is very bright and almost painful to look at

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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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