from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Marked by, acting with, or resulting from great force: a violent attack.
- adj. Having or showing great emotional force: violent dislike.
- adj. Marked by intensity; extreme: violent pain; a violent squall. See Synonyms at intense.
- adj. Caused by unexpected force or injury rather than by natural causes: a violent death.
- adj. Tending to distort or injure meaning, phrasing, or intent.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Involving extreme force or motion.
- adj. Involving physical conflict.
- adj. Likely to use physical force.
- adj. Intensely vivid.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Moving or acting with physical strength; urged or impelled with force; excited by strong feeling or passion; forcible; vehement; impetuous; fierce; furious; severe
- adj. Acting, characterized, or produced by unjust or improper force; outrageous; unauthorized.
- adj. Produced or effected by force; not spontaneous; unnatural; abnormal.
- n. An assailant.
- transitive v. To urge with violence.
- intransitive v. To be violent; to act violently.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Characterized by strong and sudden physical force; impetuous; furious.
- Produced, effected, or continued by force; accompanied by extraneous or unnatural force; unnatural.
- Acting or produced by unlawful, unjust, or improper force; characterized by force or violence unlawfully exercised; rough; outrageous; not authorized.
- Vehement mentally, or springing from such vehemence; fierce; passionate; furious.
- In general, intense in any respect; extreme: as, a violent contrast; especially, of pain, acute.
- Compelled; compulsory; not voluntary.
- Poignant, exquisite.
- n. One acting with violence.
- To urge with violence.
- To act or work with violence; be violent.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. acting with or marked by or resulting from great force or energy or emotional intensity
- adj. (of colors or sounds) intensely vivid or loud
- adj. marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions; inclined to react violently; fervid
- adj. characterized by violence or bloodshed
- adj. effected by force or injury rather than natural causes
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin violentus, from vīs, vi-, force; see weiə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French violent, from Latin violentus, from vīs ("strength"). (Wiktionary)