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Meaning of VIOLENT

Pronunciation:  'vIulunt

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  1. [adj]  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
  2. [adj]  marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions; inclined to react violently; fervid; "fierce loyalty"; "in a tearing rage"; "vehement dislike"; "violent passions"
  3. [adj]  (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"
  4. [adj]  effected by force or injury rather than natural causes; "a violent death"
  5. [adj]  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"

VIOLENT is a 7 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: bloody, convulsive, crimson, ferocious, fierce, furious, hot, intense, knock-down-and-drag-out, knockdown-dragout, lashing, lurid, raging, rampageous, red, ruffianly, savage, tearing, terrorist, tough, trigger-happy, unnatural, vehement, wild
 Antonyms: nonviolent
 See Also: hostile, unpeaceful



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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; impetuous; fierce; furious; severe;
       as, a violent blow; the violent attack of a disease.
             Float upon a wild and violent sea.    --Shak.
             A violent cross wind from either coast. --Milton.
    2. Acting, characterized, or produced by unjust or improper
       force; outrageous; unauthorized; as, a violent attack on
       the right of free speech.
             To bring forth more violent deeds.    --Milton.
             Some violent hands were laid on Humphrey's life.
    3. Produced or effected by force; not spontaneous; unnatural;
             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.
    {Violent presumption} (Law), presumption of a fact that
       arises from proof of circumstances which necessarily
       attend such facts.
    {Violent profits} (Scots Law), rents or profits of an estate
       obtained by a tenant wrongfully holding over after
       warning. They are recoverable in a process of removing.
    Syn: Fierce; vehement; outrageous; boisterous; turbulent;
         impetuous; passionate; severe; extreme.
  2. \Vi"o*lent\, n.
    An assailant. [Obs.] --Dr. H. More.
  3. \Vi"o*lent\, v. t. [Cf. F. violenter.]
    To urge with violence. [Obs.] --Fuller.
  4. \Vi"o*lent\, v. i.
    To be violent; to act violently. [Obs.]
          The grief is fine, full, perfect, that I taste, And
          violenteth in a sense as strong As that which causeth
          it.                                      --Shak.