- 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 vehemently
Team Cosby has vehemently denied the allegations, dating back at least to a 2004 lawsuit that the comedian settled out of court.Team Cosby’s Mission Impossible
December 18, 2014
Currently, there are many millions of Muslims who vehemently oppose ISIL and the brutal current in Islam that it represents.ISIS Has a Message. Do We?
December 8, 2014
Why the government is so vehemently eager to delist the grizzly remains a troublesome question.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
He sought $550,000 in damages, and du Pont vehemently denied the charges.Foxcatcher’s Real-Life Psycho Killer
November 18, 2014
The New York Observer claimed Clark-Flory was the chosen one (she vehemently denied it in an email to The Daily Beast).My Bizarre Night With James Deen, Libertarian Porn Star
November 12, 2014
"I don't think so at all, Mr. Little," said Hetty, vehemently.Hetty's Strange History
“I will be like thee,” said the boy, vehemently, his eyes filling with tears.
“And you are every bit as bad as he is, and as soft—he has made you so,” went on Linders, vehemently.
Vehemently—to escape from that monstrous idea—she sought it.A Spirit in Prison
Wilson had never before been heard to say so much or to speak so vehemently.The Shadow of a Crime
- 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 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.