violent: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (vī'u-lunt), [key]
— adj.
  1. acting with or characterized by uncontrolled, strong, rough force: a violent earthquake.
  2. caused by injurious or destructive force: a violent death.
  3. intense in force, effect, etc.; severe; extreme: violent pain; violent cold.
  4. roughly or immoderately vehement or ardent: violent passions.
  5. furious in impetuosity, energy, etc.: violent haste.
  6. of, pertaining to, or constituting a distortion of meaning or fact.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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