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Definition of "violent" []

  • Marked by, acting with, or resulting from great force: a violent attack. (adjective)
  • Having or showing great emotional force: violent dislike. (adjective)
  • Marked by intensity; extreme: violent pain; a violent squall. See Synonyms at intense. (adjective)
  • Caused by unexpected force or injury rather than by natural causes: a violent death. (adjective)
  • Tending to distort or injure meaning, phrasing, or intent. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "violent" in a sentence
  • "I think the speaker used the term violent, did violence to what you're trying to accomplish in the House."
  • "Beijing, wary of instability and the threat to the Communist Party's grip on power, often blames what it calls violent separatist groups in Xinjiang for attacks on police or other government targets."
  • "But opposition parties and human-rights groups complain the likely victory of the ruling party is tainted by what they call a violent crackdown on supporters and party members."