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; impetuous; fierce; furious; severe; as, a violent blow; the violent attack of a disease. [1913 Webster]

Float upon a wild and violent sea. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

A violent cross wind from either coast. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Acting, characterized, or produced by unjust or improper force; outrageous; unauthorized; as, a violent attack on the right of free speech. [1913 Webster]

To bring forth more violent deeds. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Some violent hands were laid on Humphrey's life. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Produced or effected by force; not spontaneous; unnatural; abnormal. [1913 Webster]

These violent delights have violent ends. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

No violent state can be perpetual. --T. Burnet. [1913 Webster]

Ease would recant Vows made in pain, as violent and void. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{Violent presumption} (Law), presumption of a fact that arises from proof of circumstances which necessarily attend such facts.

{Violent profits} (Scots Law), rents or profits of an estate obtained by a tenant wrongfully holding over after warning. They are recoverable in a process of removing. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Fierce; vehement; outrageous; boisterous; turbulent; impetuous; passionate; severe; extreme. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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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 — 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 — ► 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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