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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Violent \Vi"o*lent\, a. [F., from L. violentus, from vis strength, force; probably akin to Gr. ? a muscle, strength.] 1. Moving or acting with physical strength; urged or impelled with force; excited by strong feeling or passion; forcible; vehement; impetuous; fierce; furious; severe; as, a violent blow; the violent attack of a disease. [1913 Webster] Float upon a wild and violent sea. --Shak. [1913 Webster] A violent cross wind from either coast. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Acting, characterized, or produced by unjust or improper force; outrageous; unauthorized; as, a violent attack on the right of free speech. [1913 Webster] To bring forth more violent deeds. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Some violent hands were laid on Humphrey's life. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. Produced or effected by force; not spontaneous; unnatural; abnormal. [1913 Webster] These violent delights have violent ends. --Shak. [1913 Webster] No violent state can be perpetual. --T. Burnet. [1913 Webster] Ease would recant Vows made in pain, as violent and void. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Violent presumption (Law), presumption of a fact that arises from proof of circumstances which necessarily attend such facts. Violent profits (Scots Law), rents or profits of an estate obtained by a tenant wrongfully holding over after warning. They are recoverable in a process of removing. [1913 Webster] Syn: Fierce; vehement; outrageous; boisterous; turbulent; impetuous; passionate; severe; extreme. [1913 Webster]