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vehement

[vee-uh-muh nt] /ˈvi ə mənt/
adjective
1.
zealous; ardent; impassioned:
a vehement defense; vehement enthusiasm.
2.
characterized by rancor or anger; violent:
vehement hostility.
3.
strongly emotional; intense or passionate:
vehement desire.
4.
marked by great energy or exertion; strenuous:
vehement clapping.
Origin of vehement
1475-1485
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
Synonyms
1. earnest, fervent, fervid. 2. burning, fiery.
Antonyms
1, 2. dispassionate.
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  • The jar was only momentary and was doubtless the result of an over-vehement attack.

    Musical Criticisms Arthur Johnstone
British Dictionary definitions for over-vehement

vehement

/ˈviːɪmənt/
adjective
1.
marked by intensity of feeling or conviction; emphatic
2.
(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 over-vehement

vehement

adj.

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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