1. Moving or acting with physical strength; urged or impelled with force; excited by strong feeling or passion; forcible; vehement; impetuous; fierce; furious; severe; as, a violent blow; the violent attack of a disease.
Float upon a wild and violent sea. --Shak.
A violent cross wind from either coast. --Milton.
2. Acting, characterized, or produced by unjust or improper force; outrageous; unauthorized; as, a violent attack on the right of free speech.
To bring forth more violent deeds. --Milton.
Some violent hands were laid on Humphrey's life. --Shak.
3. Produced or effected by force; not spontaneous; unnatural; abnormal.
These violent delights have violent ends. --Shak.
No violent state can be perpetual. --T. Burnet.
Ease would recant
Vows made in pain, as violent and void. --Milton.
Violent presumption Law, presumption of a fact that arises from proof of circumstances which necessarily attend such facts.
Violent profits Scots Law, rents or profits of an estate obtained by a tenant wrongfully holding over after warning. They are recoverable in a process of removing.
Syn: -- Fierce; vehement; outrageous; boisterous; turbulent; impetuous; passionate; severe; extreme.
Vi·o·lent, n. An assailant. [Obs.]
Vi·o·lent, v. i. To be violent; to act violently. [Obs.]
The grief is fine, full, perfect, that I taste,
And violenteth in a sense as strong
As that which causeth it. --Shak.
Vi·o·lent, v. t. To urge with violence. [Obs.]
adj 1: acting with or marked by or resulting from great force or
energy or emotional intensity; "a violent attack"; "a
violent person"; "violent feelings"; "a violent rage";
"felt a violent dislike" [ant: nonviolent]
2: effected by force or injury rather than natural causes; "a
3: (of colors or sounds) intensely vivid or loud; "a violent
clash of colors"; "her dress was a violent red"; "a
violent noise"; "wild colors"; "wild shouts" [syn: wild]
4: marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions;
inclined to react violently; fervid; "fierce loyalty"; "in
a tearing rage"; "vehement dislike"; "violent passions"
[syn: fierce, tearing, vehement, trigger-happy]
5: characterized by violence or bloodshed; "writes of crimson
deeds and barbaric days"- Andrea Parke; "fann'd by
Conquest's crimson wing"- Thomas Gray; "convulsed with red
rage"- Hudson Strode [syn: crimson, red]