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or vehemency

[vee-uh-muh ns] /ˈvi ə məns/
the quality of being vehement; ardor; fervor.
vigorous impetuosity; fury:
the vehemence of his attack.
Origin of vehemence
1520-30; < Latin vehementia; see vehement, -ence
Related forms
overvehemence, noun
1. eagerness, verve, zeal, enthusiasm, fervency. 2. passion.
1, 2. apathy. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • I heard the girl sob gently, and was sorry at once for my vehemence.

    A Sister's Love W. Heimburg
  • She snatched up the child with a vehemence which frightened it into a shrill cry.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • Whatever they take in hand, they do it with their utmost will and vehemence.

    The Essays of Montaigne, Complete Michel de Montaigne
  • “I wish I had not believed it,” he replied, looking up as if puzzled by my vehemence.

    Mugby Junction Charles Dickens
  • vehemence of character counts for more than completeness of doctrine, and they crave a battle-cry, not a dissertation.

    Voltaire John Morley
  • Washington's rage at the tone of the speech is almost amusing in its vehemence.

  • The General babbled again of his wars in a child's accent, that rose now and then stormily to the vehemence of the battle-field.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
Word Origin and History for vehemence

mid-15c., from Old French vehemence or directly from Latin vehementia (see vehement).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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