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VIOLENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does violent mean? 

VIOLENT (adjective)
  The adjective VIOLENT has 5 senses:

1. acting with or marked by or resulting from great force or energy or emotional intensity
2. effected by force or injury rather than natural causes
3. (of colors or sounds) intensely vivid or loud
4. marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions; inclined to react violently; fervid
5. characterized by violence or bloodshed

  Familiarity information: VIOLENT used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


VIOLENT (adjective)


Sense 1violent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Acting with or marked by or resulting from great force or energy or emotional intensity

Context examples:

a violent attack / a violent person / violent feelings / a violent rage / felt a violent dislike

Similar:

slam-bang (violent and sudden and noisy)

ruffianly; tough (violent and lawless)

rampageous (displaying raging violence; often destructive)

lurid (horrible in fierceness or savagery)

lashing (violently urging on by whipping or flogging)

knock-down-and-drag-out; knockdown-dragout (extremely violent)

hot; raging (characterized by violent and forceful activity or movement; very intense)

ferocious; fierce; furious; savage (marked by extreme and violent energy)

convulsive (resembling a convulsion in being sudden and violent)

terrorist (characteristic of someone who employs terrorism (especially as a political weapon))

Also:

unpeaceful (not peaceful)

hostile (characterized by enmity or ill will)

Antonym:

nonviolent (abstaining (on principle) from the use of violence)


Sense 2violent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Effected by force or injury rather than natural causes

Context example:

a violent death

Similar:

unnatural (not in accordance with or determined by nature; contrary to nature)


Sense 3violent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of colors or sounds) intensely vivid or loud

Synonyms:

violent; wild

Context examples:

a violent clash of colors / her dress was a violent red / a violent noise / wild colors / wild shouts

Similar:

intense (in an extreme degree)


Sense 4violent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions; inclined to react violently; fervid

Synonyms:

vehement; tearing; trigger-happy; fierce; violent

Context examples:

fierce loyalty / in a tearing rage / vehement dislike / violent passions

Similar:

intense (in an extreme degree)


Sense 5violent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by violence or bloodshed

Synonyms:

crimson; red; violent

Context examples:

writes of crimson deeds and barbaric days / fann'd by Conquest's crimson wing / convulsed with red rage

Similar:

bloody (having or covered with or accompanied by blood)


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