Definitions for: Violent


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.
--Shak.

3. 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.

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.


Vi"o*lent, n.
An assailant. [Obs.] --Dr. H. More.


Vi"o*lent, v. t. [Cf. F. violenter.]
To urge with violence. [Obs.] --Fuller.


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.

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

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