1 using physical strength intended to hurt/kill
become, get, grow, turn

She started to get violent.

extremely, fairly, very, etc.
exceptionally, incredibly, particularly

The movie is contrived, sentimental and gratuitously violent.


Employees are trained to deal with potentially violent incidents.


the question of whether humans are inherently violent

physically, sexually

a range of graphically violent video games

to, towards/toward

He was violent towards/toward his wife on several occasions.

2 very strong
extremely, fairly, very, etc.

an exceptionally violent storm


He felt a strong, almost violent, dislike for the stranger.

Violent is used with these nouns: ↑act, ↑action, ↑argument, ↑assault, ↑attack, ↑behaviour, ↑blow, ↑character, ↑clash, ↑collision, ↑conduct, ↑conflict, ↑confrontation, ↑conquest, ↑convulsion, ↑cough, ↑crackdown, ↑crime, ↑criminal, ↑death, ↑demonstration, ↑dislike, ↑disorder, ↑disturbance, ↑emotion, ↑encounter, ↑end, ↑eruption, ↑explosion, ↑fantasy, ↑father, ↑felon, ↑felony, ↑film, ↑gang, ↑hatred, ↑husband, ↑image, ↑imagery, ↑impulse, ↑incident, ↑jerk, ↑jolt, ↑lurch, ↑man, ↑mob, ↑movie, ↑murder, ↑offence, ↑offender, ↑opposition, ↑outburst, ↑overthrow, ↑passion, ↑play, ↑protest, ↑quarrel, ↑rage, ↑rape, ↑reaction, ↑rebellion, ↑repression, ↑reprisal, ↑resistance, ↑retaliation, ↑retribution, ↑revolution, ↑riot, ↑row, ↑scene, ↑shake, ↑shove, ↑shudder, ↑spasm, ↑storm, ↑streak, ↑struggle, ↑suppression, ↑swing, ↑tactic, ↑temper, ↑temperament, ↑tendency, ↑threat, ↑thug, ↑tremor, ↑unrest, ↑upheaval, ↑uprising, ↑urge, ↑weather

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  • violent — violent, ente [ vjɔlɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • 1213; lat. violentus 1 ♦ Impétueux; qui agit ou s exprime sans aucune retenue. ⇒ brusque, coléreux. « Les hommes ont été de tout temps [...] égoïstes, violents » (France). Une femme violente. « Il s est montré …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • violent — violent, ente (vi o lan, lan t ) adj. 1°   Qui agit avec force. Vent violent. •   L orage est violent...., TH. CORN. Essex, I, 2.    Qui se fait sentir avec force. Une douleur violente. Une fièvre violente. Un violent mal de dents. •   Pouvons …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Violent — 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • violent — VIOLÉNT, Ă, violenţi, te, adj. 1. Care se produce sau acţionează cu putere, cu intensitate, cu violenţă; intens, puternic, tare. ♦ (Despre culori, lumină etc.) Izbitor, ţipător; tare, viu, puternic. 2. (Despre fiinţe) Care are accese de furie,… …   Dicționar Român

  • violent — Violent, [viol]ente. adject. Impetueux, qui agit avec force, avec impetuosité. Remede violent. vent violent. tempeste violente. mouvement violent. Il se dit aussi, d une douleur grande & aiguë. Fiévre violente. mal violent. douleur violente. On… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • violent — [vī′ələnt] adj. [ME < MFr < L violentus, violent, akin to violare, to VIOLATE] 1. a) acting with or characterized by great physical force, so as to injure, damage, or destroy b) acting or characterized by force unlawfully or callously used… …   English World dictionary

  • Violent — Vi o*lent, v. i. To be violent; to act violently. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The grief is fine, full, perfect, that I taste, And violenteth in a sense as strong As that which causeth it. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • violent — index brutal, demonstrative (expressive of emotion), disorderly, drastic, extreme (exaggerated), forcible, hot blooded …   Law dictionary

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  • violent — Violent, Violentus. Un son violent, Excitatus sonus …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • violent — ► ADJECTIVE 1) using or involving violence. 2) very intense, forceful, or powerful. DERIVATIVES violently adverb. ORIGIN Latin, vehement, violent …   English terms dictionary

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