From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishviolentvi‧o‧lent /ˈvaɪələnt/ ●●●S3W3 adjective 🔊 🔊 1involvingactions that are intended to injure or kill people, by hitting them, shooting them etc 🔊 the increase in violent crime 🔊 violent clashes between the police and demonstrators 🔊 Thirty-one people have been injured in violent incidents throughout the day. 🔊 The riots ended in the violent deaths of three teenagers.2someone who is violent is likely to attack, hurt, or kill other people syn aggressive 🔊 My father was a violent and dangerous man. 🔊 He had a reputation for turning violent (=suddenly attacking people).3showing very strong angryemotions or opinionsviolent quarrel/argument/row etc 🔊 They had a violent quarrel and John stormed out.4violent feelings are strong and very difficult to control 🔊 They took a violent dislike to each other. 🔊 She has a violent temper.5 →violent headache/fit etc6 →violent film/play/drama7 →a violent storm/earthquake/explosion etc8extremely bright 🔊 Her cheeks turned a violent red colour.COLLOCATIONSnounsa violent crimeHe has a number of convictions for violent crime.a violent attackBlacks were more often victims of violent attacks than other ethnic groups.a violent deathNo French king died a violent death during this period.a violent clashThere were violent clashes between police and protesters.a violent incidentViolent incidents such as kidnapping dropped sharply last year.violent acts/behaviourHis dad terrified them all with his violent behaviour.a violent protest/demonstrationThis incident sparked violent demonstrations outside the airbase.adverbsvery/extremely violentan extremely violent attackincreasingly violentOver the past year, his behavior has become increasingly violent.THESAURUSviolent /ˈvaɪələnt/ using force to hurt or kill people – used about people, crimes etc. Also used about films or books that contain a lot of violencea violent man who couldn’t control his temperthe increase in violent crimeThe film is too violent to be shown to children.vicious /ˈvɪʃəs/ violent and dangerous, and seeming to enjoy hurting people for no reasona vicious attack on an unarmed manWe were surrounded by a gang of vicious thugs, armed with knives.rough /rʌf/ using force or violence, but not causing seriousinjurySome of the boys were being a bit rough with the younger kids.There were complaints about rough treatment by the police.brutal /ˈbruːtl/behaving in a way that is very cruel and violent, and showing no pityIdi Amin was a brutal dictator.a particularly brutal murder The prison guards were brutal and corrupt.savage /ˈsævɪdʒ/ attacking people in a particularly cruel way – used about people and fighting, especially in newsreportsa savage killer There was savage fighting in the capital Mogadishu.bloody a bloodybattle or war is very violent and a lot of people are killed or injureda bloody civil warThe Russians were engaged in a bloody battle against the German army. ferocious /fəˈrəʊʃəs/ a ferocious attack or battle is extremely violent. Also used about animals that are likely to attack in a very violent wayThe two armies fought a ferocious battle.a ferocious beastIt was the most ferocious attack I have ever seen.fierce a fierce animal or person looks frightening and likely to attack peopleA fierce dog stood growling at the gate.Bears are always fierce when they have young.fierce bodyguardsbloodthirsty a bloodthirsty person enjoys watching violence. A bloodthirsty story contains a lot of violent scenesIn Mexico, humans were sacrificed to bloodthirsty gods. a bloodthirsty tale of revengegory showing or describing injuries, blood, death etc clearly and in detaila gory horror movieThe book was too gory for many readers.