Definition of violent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈvaɪələnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvaɪələnt//
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  1. 1  involving or caused by physical force that is intended to hurt or kill somebody violent crime Students were involved in violent clashes with the police. He met with a violent death(= he was murdered, killed in a fight, etc.). Her husband was a violent man. The crowd suddenly turned violent. Children should not be allowed to watch violent movies (= that show a lot of violence).
  2. 2  showing or caused by very strong emotion There was a violent reaction from the public.
  3. 3  very strong and sudden synonym intense, severe I took a violent dislike to him. a violent explosion a violent change a violent headache
  4. 4(of a colour) extremely bright Her dress was a violent pink.
  5. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘having a marked or powerful effect’): via Old French from Latin violent- ‘vehement, violent’.Extra examples He felt a strong, almost violent, dislike for the stranger. He was violent towards his wife on several occasions. She started to get a bit violent. The film is contrived, sentimental and gratuitously violent. a range of graphically violent video games an exceptionally violent storm dealing with potentially violent incidents the question of whether humans are inherently violent Children should not be allowed to watch violent movies. He later met a violent death on the battlefield. Members of the lifeboat crew were presented with bravery awards for launching in violent seas. The crowd suddenly turned violent. The islands were hit by a violent cyclone. The whole thing became the subject of violent controversy. Violent crime has increased by 15 per cent.
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