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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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  • They think that this remembrance of their virtue and goodness doth vehemently provoke and enforce the quick to virtue.
  • Many people vehemently accuse the authorities of doing little to improve their lot.
  • But greens vehemently oppose the building of more dams and transmission lines in the country's beautiful, rain-drenched south.
  • And few are saying that as vehemently as those who have picked the anniversary as their day to demonstrate.
  • Faculty protested so vehemently, however, that the school quickly signed up again.
  • Such vehemently opposing views are typical in the fractured landscape of autism research.
  • Had they seen the film ahead of time, they might not have objected so vehemently.
  • The charges claimed that the defendants vehemently argued over who was ultimately responsible for paying for the repairs.
  • And they vehemently dispute claims of uncertainty about whether these catastrophes will occur.
  • This is unattested elsewhere and vehemently denied by his father.
British Dictionary definitions for vehemently


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 vehemently



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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