From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishviolentvi‧o‧lent /ˈvaɪələnt/ ●●●S3W3 adjective1involvingactions that are intended to injure or kill people, by hitting them, shooting them etcthe increase in violent crimeviolent clashes between the police and demonstratorsThirty-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 aggressiveMy 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 etcThey had a violent quarrel and John stormed out.4violent feelings are strong and very difficult to controlThey 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 brightHer 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.