- 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
Examples from the Web for violently
The website Murder Inna Dancehall catalogs 207 dancehall songs with violently anti-gay lyrics.How Maurice Tomlinson Was Outed in Jamaica—and Forced Into Exile
December 9, 2014
The three basic ways for prisoners to die are old age, disease or violently.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
Did Michael Brown have a motive to violently attack the officer?There’s No Conspiracy in Ferguson’s Secret Jury
November 17, 2014
Instead, he was violently mugged on live TV by Senator John McCain.John McCain Roughs Up Jay Carney During His CNN Primetime Debut
September 11, 2014
For such a source of outward joy to crumble so violently, what the hell happened?We're Talking About Depression All Wrong
August 20, 2014
The boy must be a young brute to turn upon you so violently.Brave and Bold
She pushed the lamp-post away from her violently, and found herself walking.
She said this violently, but she let her clasped hands fall in discouragement.
I had conducted so much and so violently since; but I was not too old to remember Biddy's hood.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
She stopped, and trembled so violently that she was unable to speak.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
- marked or caused by great physical force or violencea violent stab
- (of a person) tending to the use of violence, esp in order to injure or intimidate others
- marked by intensity of any kinda violent clash of colours
- characterized by an undue use of force; severe; harsh
- caused by or displaying strong or undue mental or emotional forcea violent tongue
- tending to distort the meaning or intenta violent interpretation of the text
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.