Pronunciation: (vī'u-lunt),[key] —adj. 1. acting with or characterized by uncontrolled, strong, rough force: a violent earthquake. 2. caused by injurious or destructive force: a violent death. 3. intense in force, effect, etc.; severe; extreme: violent pain; violent cold. 4. roughly or immoderately vehement or ardent: violent passions. 5. furious in impetuosity, energy, etc.: violent haste. 6. of, pertaining to, or constituting a distortion of meaning or fact.