- 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 destroyb) acting or characterized by force unlawfully or callously used2. caused by violence [a violent death]3.a) showing, or resulting from, strong feeling or emotion; vehement; furious [violent language]b) emotionally disturbed to an uncontrollable degree4. extreme; intense; very strong [a violent storm]5. tending to distort the meaning [to put a violent construction on a text]violentlyadv.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.