violent

violent
adjective
1 ACTION involving actions that are intended to injure or kill people, by hitting them, shooting them etc: violent crimes such as murder or rape | violent clashes between the police and demonstrators | violent death (=murder): He met a violent death at the hands of the mob.
2 PERSON likely to attack, hurt, or kill other people: My father was a violent and dangerous man. | turn/get violent (=suddenly become violent): Keep the handcuffs on the prisoner in case he turns violent.
3 ARGUMENT/WORDS showing very strong angry emotions or opinions: They had a violent quarrel over Dave's drinking. | His speech was full of violent denunciations of the government's promises.
4 EMOTIONS strong and very difficult to control: She has a violent temper/ | They took a violent dislike to each other.
5 violent film/play/drama a film etc that shows a lot of violent actions
6 violent storm/earthquake/explosion etc a storm etc that happens with a lot of force
7 a violent headache/fit/coughing etc a physical feeling or reaction that is very painful or difficult to control
8 COLOUR extremely bright: Her cheeks turned a violent red colour.
— violently adverb: She became violently aggressive. | Matthew trembled violently.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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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

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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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