Learner's definition of VIOLENT
[more violent; most violent]
1 : using or involving the use of physical force to cause harm or damage to someone or something
: showing violence
They witnessed a violent struggle between police and protesters.
The peaceful protest suddenly turned violent.
The city has experienced an increase in violent crime in the past year.
2 : caused by physical force or violence 3 a : trying to physically attack someone because of anger b : likely to physically attack other people 4 : very forceful or intense
Her parents got into a violent argument.
a violent denial of guilt
The proposal has drawn violent criticism from many political commentators.
She went into violent spasms.
He suddenly felt a violent pain in his head.
violent [=extremely bright] colors
5 : very powerful and capable of causing damage