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[vahy-uh-luh nt] /ˈvaɪ ə lənt/
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, relating to, or constituting a distortion of meaning or fact.
Origin of violent
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
Related forms
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
Can be confused
violent, virulent. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for violently
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  • Trembling so violently that he had to lean on the balustrade for support, he told me.

    In Kings' Byways Stanley J. Weyman
  • The boy must be a young brute to turn upon you so violently.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Our only newsmonger is the coal-box; but it talks so violently about government and the people!

    Wonderful Stories for Children Hans Christian Andersen
  • She pushed the lamp-post away from her violently, and found herself walking.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • One badgered private assaulted him violently with a pitchfork, and suffered two years' imprisonment for that misdemeanour.

    The Making Of A Novelist David Christie Murray
British Dictionary definitions for violently


marked or caused by great physical force or violence: a violent stab
(of a person) tending to the use of violence, esp in order to injure or intimidate others
marked by intensity of any kind: a violent clash of colours
characterized by an undue use of force; severe; harsh
caused by or displaying strong or undue mental or emotional force: a violent tongue
tending to distort the meaning or intent: a violent interpretation of the text
Derived Forms
violently, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin violentus, probably from vīs strength
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for violently



mid-14c.; see violence. In Middle English 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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