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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.
Sometimes, vehemency.
Origin of vehemence
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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  • Mr. Gladstone attacked the bill with a power and vehemence which astonished the House.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • Many times Hubertine had seen her kissing her hands with vehemence.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • He spoke now with a vehemence and passion almost equal to Gaspare's.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • The old lady, who had been bending forward in her vehemence, fell back on the pillow.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • He produced a handkerchief, and blew his nose with vehemence.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • And then, as if suddenly ashamed of his own vehemence, he stopped in confusion.

    Victor's Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • Then the vehemence increased to: "I am being heavily shelled."

    Submarine Warfare of To-day Charles W. Domville-Fife
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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