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[vee-uh-muh nt] /ˈvi ə mənt/
zealous; ardent; impassioned:
a vehement defense; vehement enthusiasm.
characterized by rancor or anger; violent:
vehement hostility.
strongly emotional; intense or passionate:
vehement desire.
marked by great energy or exertion; strenuous:
vehement clapping.
Origin of vehement
1475-85; < Latin vehement-, stem of vehemēns, vēmēns violent, forceful (of uncertain derivation)
Related forms
vehemently, adverb
nonvehement, adjective
nonvehemently, adverb
overvehement, adjective
overvehemently, adverb
unvehement, adjective
unvehemently, adverb
1. earnest, fervent, fervid. 2. burning, fiery.
1, 2. dispassionate. Unabridged
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  • She stretched forth a long, white hand, with a vehement gesture.

    Faithful Margaret Annie Ashmore
  • Mr Flintwinch had pulled him into his coat with vehement energy.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • A vehement and fierce upholder of the doctrines of arbitrary government, he was knighted by James the Second.

  • Then began a contention the most vehement that ever I had with woman.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • She was then only seventeen, and her vehement protest against an English marriage nipped the project in the bud.

    Historical and Political Essays William Edward Hartpole Lecky
British Dictionary definitions for vehement


marked by intensity of feeling or conviction; emphatic
(of actions, gestures, etc) characterized by great energy, vigour, or force; furious
Derived Forms
vehemence, noun
vehemently, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin vehemēns ardent; related to vehere to carry
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Word Origin and History for vehement

late 15c., from Middle French vehement "impetuous, ardent," from Latin vehementem (nominative vehemens) "impetuous, carried away," perhaps from a lost present middle participle of vehere "to carry" (see vehicle). The other theory is that it represents vehe- "lacking, wanting" + mens "mind." Related: Vehemently.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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