in a way that involves uncontrolled or destructive force:He struck the table violently with his clenched fist and shouted for more.Dramatic video shows soldiers violently removing voters from polling stations.
in an intense or extreme way:He was violently ill after ten minutes, but soon recovered fully.We were awoken early in the morning when the house began shaking violently.
- o·ver·vi·o·lent·ly, adverb
- qua·si-vi·o·lent·ly, adverb
- ul·tra·vi·o·lent·ly, adverb
- un·vi·o·lent·ly, adverb
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How to use violently in a sentence
This is what’s fueled the demonstrations, from the peaceful to the violent.Violent protests against police brutality in the ’60s and ’90s changed public opinion | German Lopez | August 28, 2020 | Vox
“Don’t argue with a customer if they make threats or become violent,” the guidance warns.Slapping, choking, kicking: The CDC has some interesting workplace warnings for dealing with angry customers | Lee Clifford | August 25, 2020 | Fortune
As a result, flushing from urinals produces a “more violent climbing tendency,” the researchers said, adding it’s something they had noticed outside of their research.Urinals and toilets may spread COVID-19, new research shows, adding fuel to the mask debate | kdunn6 | August 19, 2020 | Fortune
The government either claims that misinformation circulating on social media and WhatsApp is likely to cause violence, or that an ongoing violent situation can only be brought under control by closing down communications.How India became the world’s leader in internet shutdowns | Katie McLean | August 19, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Initially, there were no signs of a violent police response.
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 | Jay Michaelson | December 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The three basic ways for prisoners to die are old age, disease or violently.
Did Michael Brown have a motive to violently attack the officer?
The seas are calm, no waves violently knocking the hull, as they inevitably will during long stretches of the race.
And so it is with admiration and understanding that we are still violently furious over the pairing of Joey and Rachel.
Her heart fluttered violently with fear as she saw that he stepped out after her, and walked by her side toward the house.Checkmate | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Hilda and Edwin rushed fleeing into the street, violently urged by a common impulse.Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett
I sprang forward to leap after her, but hands grasped me and flung me back so violently that I fell down on the platform.Uncanny Tales | Various
While endeavoring to regain their feet, some were violently thrown upon the wooden platform.A Lost Hero | Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward and Herbert D. Ward
He went whistling along, therefore, until his steps were suddenly and violently arrested.The Garret and the Garden | R.M. Ballantyne