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Roget category 173

1. Words expressing abstract relations
1.8. Causation
›› 1.8.3. Power in operation

#173. Violence


violence, inclemency, vehemence, might, impetuosityboisterousness etc. adj. — effervescence, ebullitionturbulence, blusteruproar, callithump [U.S.], riot, row, rumpus, le diable a quatre [Fr.], devil to pay, all the fat in the fire.
severity etc. 739ferocity, rage, furyexacerbation, exasperation, malignityfit, paroxysmorgasm, climax, aphrodisiaforce, brute forceoutragecoup de mainstrain, shock, shogspasm, convulsion, throehysterics, passion etc. (state of excitability) 825.
outbreak, outburstdebacleburst, bounce, dissilience, discharge, volley, explosion, blow up, blast, detonation, rush, eruption, displosion, torrent.
turmoil etc. (disorder) 59ferment etc. (agitation) 315storm, tempest, rough weathersquall etc. (wind) 349earthquake, volcano, thunderstorm.
berserk, berserkerfury, dragon, demon, tiger, beldame, Tisiphone, Megaera, Alecto, madcap, wild beastfire eater etc. (blusterer) 887.


be violent etc. adj. — run highferment, effervesceromp, rampage, go on a rampagerun wild, run amuck, run riotbreak the peacerush, tearrush headlong, rush foremostraise a storm, make a riotrough house [Slang] riot, stormwreak, bear down, ride roughshod, out Herod, Herodspread like wildfire (person). [shout or act in anger at something], explode, make a row, kick up a rowboil, boil overfume, foam, come on like a lion, bluster, rage, roar, fly off the handle, go bananas, go ape, blow one's top, blow one's cool, flip one's lid, hit the ceiling, hit the rooffly into a rage (anger) 900.
break out, fly out, burst outbounce, explode, go off, displode, fly, detonate, thunder, blow up, crump, flash, flare, burstshock, strainbreak open, force open, prize open.
render violent etc. adj. — sharpen, stir up, quicken, excite, incite, annoy, urge, lash, stimulate, turn onirritate, inflame, kindle, suscitate, fomentaccelerate, aggravate, exasperate, exacerbate, convulse, infuriate, madden, lash into furyfan the flameadd fuel to the flame, pour oil on the fire, oleum addere camino [Lat.].
explodelet fly, fly offdischarge, detonate, set off, detonize, fulminate.


violent, vehementwarmacute, sharp rough, rude, ungentle, bluff, boisterous, wildbrusque, abrupt, waspishimpetuousrampant.
turbulentdisorderlyblustering, raging etc. v. — troublous, riotoustumultuary, tumultuousobstreperous, uproariousextravagantunmitigatedravening, inextinguishable, tamelessfrenzied etc. (insane) 503.
desperate etc. (rash) 863infuriate, furious, outrageous, frantic, hysteric, in hysterics.
fiery, flaming, scorching, hot, red-hot, ebullient.
savage, fierce, ferocious, fierce as a tiger.
excited etc. v. — unquelled, unquenched, unextinguished, unrepressed, unbridled, unrulyheadstrong, ungovernable, unappeasable, immitigable, unmitigableuncontrollable, incontrollableinsuppressible, irrepressibleorgastic, orgasmatic, orgasmic.
spasmodic, convulsive, explosivedetonating etc. v. — volcanic, meteoricstormy etc. (wind) 349.


violently etc. adj. — amainby storm, by force, by main forcewith might and maintooth and nail, vi et armis [Lat.], at the point of the sword, at the point of the bayonetat one fell swoopwith a high hand, through thick and thinin desperation, with a vengeancea outrance, a toute outrance [Fr.]headlong, head foremost.


furor arma ministrat [Lat.]blown with restless violence round about the blown with restless violence round about the pendent world" [Measure for Measure].

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