- 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
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Examples from the Web for vehement
My vehement dislike for the accoutrement stems back to 1982 when I was asked to wear pink roses in my hair to a family wedding.Flower Crowns Are Phony and Must Die
September 5, 2014
The ire Friedberg and Seltzer have drawn from crowds is both boisterous and vehement–Airplane!Seth MacFarlane’s ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ Is Yet Another Failed Spoof
May 29, 2014
Our vehement prejudices leave us no patience for his appeal to radical humanism.How to Fight for Freedom in 2014
December 29, 2013
Even proposing to shift funding for entitlements from payroll to consumption based taxes meets vehement opposition.We're All Reactionaries Now
May 2, 2013
By now there are many hundreds of these tweets, varying from vehement to vituperative, from accusatory to abusive.The Newtown Heckling Controversy
January 30, 2013
This outburst from Mrs. Porter startled the girl; it was so passionate, so vehement.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Vehement cheers from the ministerial benches; cries of "Order!"
He started from his revery with a vehement gesture, and groaned audibly.
Mr Flintwinch had pulled him into his coat with vehement energy.Little Dorrit
Then began a contention the most vehement that ever I had with woman.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
- marked by intensity of feeling or conviction; emphatic
- (of actions, gestures, etc) characterized by great energy, vigour, or force; furious
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.