Something that is violent involves action that can cause physical or mental harm. Fighting, killing, and torture are all violent actions. The word "violent" is an adjective:

  • Vanessa doesn’t allow her children to watch violent movies.
  • The man across the street has a very violent temper. He scares everyone.
  • A violent storm knocked down trees and powerlines.

The word "violently" is an adverb:

  • The people in the street violently protested against the action of the police.
  • The woman at the McDonald’s acted violently when she was unable to get her chicken nuggets.

The word "violence" is a noun:

  • Children should not be exposed to too much violence on TV or in real life.
  • The violence in Syria has resulted in the death of thousands of people, most of them civillians.
  • Some people resort to violence in addressing their problems.


Angry and frustrated, the mob resorted to violence.

Note: The pronunication of the word "violent" is similar to the word "violin." Compare: violent / violin. If you have trouble making "v" sounds, click here to go to the pronunciation section.

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This page was first published on August 29, 2015. It was updated on June 28, 2015.