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vehemence

[vee-uh-muh ns] /ˈvi ə məns/
noun
1.
the quality of being vehement; ardor; fervor.
2.
vigorous impetuosity; fury:
the vehemence of his attack.
Also, vehemency.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin vehementia; see vehement, -ence
Related forms
overvehemence, noun
Synonyms
1. eagerness, verve, zeal, enthusiasm, fervency. 2. passion.
Antonyms
1, 2. apathy.
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Examples for vehemence
  • And with the intensity he gave it, the undine-mermaid myth gained new vehemence.
  • But even in these brief periods, parliamentarians staked out their positions and defended them with vehemence.
  • Perhaps that explains the vehemence of the opposition to it.
  • Tom reacts with a startling and unexpected vehemence.
  • The unchanging vehemence of official diatribes suggests no governmental wish to be either more or less friendly.
  • Their vehemence has prompted some trend-conscious shoppers to embrace vegan wares, if not vegan values.
  • But doubts about the financial system have resurfaced with vehemence.
  • The vehemence of the crackdown has provoked consternation among some members of the public.
  • And lately, debates over food choices have flared with particular vehemence.
  • Jennings brings an exaggerated comic vehemence to the part of the surly husband.
Word Origin and History for vehemence
n.

mid-15c., from Old French vehemence or directly from Latin vehementia (see vehement).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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