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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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Examples from the web for vehement
  • The other problem is vehement anti-vet sentiments at many colleges across the country.
  • Nonetheless, we're somehow vehement about protecting one of their internal organs.
  • There is resistance, sometimes vehement resistance, to the efforts that make it possible.
  • Most of the vehement deniers are immune to listening to evidence and really looking at what's out there.
  • Opponents of home-schooling-and some of them are vehement-argue that it is socially divisive.
  • Business lobbying groups are only slightly less vehement in their criticism.
  • We denounced violent crackdown, slowly and reluctantly at first, but becoming more vehement as things went.
  • When he announced his new invention, it immediately met vehement opposition from his court.
  • It is only at intervals that the clamour on the subject is loud and vehement.
  • He became a vehement opponent of coalition troop increases in that country.
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.

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