violent

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French violent, from Latin violentus, from vīs (strength). For the verb, compare French violenter.

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Adjective[edit]

violent (comparative violenter or more violent, superlative violentest or most violent)

  1. Involving extreme force or motion.
    A violent wind ripped the branch from the tree.
  2. Involving physical conflict.
    We would rather negotiate, but we will use violent means if needed.
  3. Likely to use physical force.
    The escaped prisoners are considered extremely violent.
  4. Intensely vivid.
    The artist expressed his emotional theme through violent colors.
  5. (obsolete) Produced or effected by force; not spontaneous; unnatural.
    • Shakespeare
      These violent delights have violent ends.
    • T. Burnet
      No violent state can be perpetual.
    • Milton
      Ease would recant / Vows made in pain, as violent and void.

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Verb[edit]

violent (third-person singular simple present violents, present participle violenting, simple past and past participle violented)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To urge with violence.
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Noun[edit]

violent (plural violents)

  1. (obsolete) An assailant.
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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin violentus.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Standard) IPA(key): /biuˈlen/, /biuˈlent/, /viuˈlen/, /viuˈlent/
  • (Western) IPA(key): /bioˈlen/, /bioˈlent/, /vioˈlen/, /vioˈlent/

Adjective[edit]

violent m (feminine violenta, masculine plural violents, feminine plural violentes)

  1. violent

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French[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed into Old French from Latin violentus.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

violent m (feminine violente, masculine plural violents, feminine plural violentes)

  1. violent

Etymology 2[edit]

Inflected forms.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

violent

  1. third-person plural present indicative of violer
  2. third-person plural present subjunctive of violer

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

violent

  1. third-person plural present active subjunctive of violō

Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin violentus

Adjective[edit]

violent m

  1. violent (using violence)

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French violent, Latin violentus.

Adjective[edit]

violent

  1. violent

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