violent

Something that's violent involves physical force or emotional intensity. If you hate violent movies, it means that you don't want to watch scenes of people being hurt or killed.

Physically violent behavior ends in someone getting hurt or something being destroyed or damaged. You can also have violent emotions, like a violent burst of anger toward the slow driver in front of you, and you can use violent to describe something that's visually intense, like a violent orange-colored minivan. The word has gained in force since developing from the Latin word violentia, which means "vehemence or impetuosity."

DEFINITIONS OF: violent

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adj acting with or marked by or resulting from great force or energy or emotional intensity

“a violent attack”
“a violent person”
violent feelings”
“a violent rage”
“felt a violent dislike”
Synonyms
hostile
characterized by enmity or ill will
unpeaceful
not peaceful
convulsive
resembling a convulsion in being sudden and violent
ferocious, fierce, furious, savage
marked by extreme and violent energy
hot, raging
characterized by violent and forceful activity or movement; very intense
knock-down-and-drag-out, knockdown-dragout
extremely violent
lashing
violently urging on by whipping or flogging
lurid
horrible in fierceness or savagery
rampageous
displaying raging violence; often destructive
ruffianly, tough
violent and lawless
slam-bang
violent and sudden and noisy
Antonyms:
nonviolent
abstaining (on principle) from the use of violence
peaceable, peaceful
not disturbed by strife or turmoil or war
unprovocative, unprovoking
not provocative
passive, peaceful
peacefully resistant in response to injustice
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adj marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions; inclined to react violently; fervid

violent passions”
Synonyms:
fierce, tearing, trigger-happy, vehement
intense
possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree

adj effected by force or injury rather than natural causes

“a violent death”
Synonyms
unnatural
not in accordance with or determined by nature; contrary to nature

adj characterized by violence or bloodshed

Synonyms:
crimson, red
bloody
having or covered with or accompanied by blood

adj (of colors or sounds) intensely vivid or loud

“a violent clash of colors”
“her dress was a violent red”
“a violent noise”
Synonyms:
wild
intense
possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree
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