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
  1. adjective
    acting with or marked by or resulting from great force or energy or emotional intensity
    “a violent person”
    violent feelings”
    “a violent rage”
    “felt a violent dislike”
    characterized by enmity or ill will
    not peaceful
    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
    violently urging on by whipping or flogging
    horrible in fierceness or savagery
    displaying raging violence; often destructive
    ruffianly, tough
    violent and lawless
    violent and sudden and noisy
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    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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  2. adjective
    marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions; inclined to react violently; fervid
    violent passions”
    synonyms: fierce, tearing, trigger-happy, vehement
    possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree
  3. adjective
    effected by force or injury rather than natural causes
    “a violent death”
    not in accordance with or determined by nature; contrary to nature
  4. adjective
    characterized by violence or bloodshed
    synonyms: crimson, red
    having or covered with or accompanied by blood
  5. adjective
    (of colors or sounds) intensely vivid or loud
    “a violent clash of colors”
    “her dress was a violent red”
    “a violent noise”
    synonyms: wild
    possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree
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