- acting with or characterized by uncontrolled, strong, rough force: a violent earthquake.
- caused by injurious or destructive force: a violent death.
- intense in force, effect, etc.; severe; extreme: violent pain; violent cold.
- roughly or immoderately vehement or ardent: violent passions.
- furious in impetuosity, energy, etc.: violent haste.
- of, relating to, or constituting a distortion of meaning or fact.
- marked or caused by great physical force or violencea violent stab
- (of a person) tending to the use of violence, esp in order to injure or intimidate others
- marked by intensity of any kinda violent clash of colours
- characterized by an undue use of force; severe; harsh
- caused by or displaying strong or undue mental or emotional forcea violent tongue
- tending to distort the meaning or intenta violent interpretation of the text
mid-14c.; see violence. In Middle English the word also was applied in reference to heat, sunlight, smoke, etc., with the sense “having some quality so strongly as to produce a powerful effect.” Related: Violently.