- IPA: /ˈvaɪ(ə)lənt/
violent (comparative violenter, superlative violentest)
- Involving extreme force or motion.
- A violent wind ripped the branch from the tree.
- Involving physical conflict.
- We would rather negotiate, but we will use violent means if necessary.
- Likely to use physical force.
- The escaped prisoners are considered extremely violent.
- Intensely vivid.
- The artist expressed his emotional theme through violent colors.
- 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. In Six Volumes, volume (
please specify ), London: Printed by A[ndrew] Millar, […], OCLC 928184292 ↗:
- We have already observed, that he was a very good-natured fellow, and he hath himself declared the violent attachment he had to the person and character of Jones […]
- (obsolete) Produced or effected by force; not spontaneous; unnatural.
- c. 1591–1595, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene vi]:
- These violent delights have violent ends.
- No violent state can be perpetual.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 4”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
- Ease would recant / Vows made in pain, as violent and void.
- French: violent
- German: heftig, gewaltig, brutal, gewalttätig
- Italian: violento
- Portuguese: violento
- Russian: неи́стовый
- Spanish: violento
violent (violents, present participle violenting; past and past participle violented)
violent (plural violents)
- (obsolete) An assailant.