acting with or characterized by uncontrolled, strong, rough force: a violent earthquake.
caused by injurious or destructive force: a violent death.
intense in force, effect, etc.; severe; extreme: violent pain; violent cold.
roughly or immoderately vehement or ardent: violent passions.
furious in impetuosity, energy, etc.: violent haste.
of, pertaining to, or constituting a distortion of meaning or fact.

1300–50; Middle English < Latin violentus, equivalent to vi-, shortening (before a vowel) of base of vīs force, violence + -olentus, variant (after a vowel) of -ulentus -ulent

violently, adverb
overviolent, adjective
overviolently, adverb
overviolentness, noun
quasi-violent, adjective
quasi-violently, adverb
self-violent, adjective
ultraviolent, adjective
ultraviolently, adverb
unviolent, adjective
unviolently, adverb

violent, virulent. Unabridged
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violent (ˈvaɪələnt)
1.  marked or caused by great physical force or violence: a violent stab
2.  (of a person) tending to the use of violence, esp in order to injure or intimidate others
3.  marked by intensity of any kind: a violent clash of colours
4.  characterized by an undue use of force; severe; harsh
5.  caused by or displaying strong or undue mental or emotional force: a violent tongue
6.  tending to distort the meaning or intent: a violent interpretation of the text
[C14: from Latin violentus, probably from vīs strength]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c.; see violence. In M.E. the word also was applied in reference to heat, sunlight, smoke, etc., with the sense "having some quality so strongly as to produce a powerful effect." Related: Violently.
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Example sentences
They say their activities were violently disrupted by campus police.
His left hand mimics a big structure collapsing violently on the back of the
  right hand.
During the job talk immediately following the lunch, s/he became violently sick
  into an awaiting garbage can.
She was sitting in the floorboard of the car at his feet, when he sneezed
  rather violently.
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