SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective 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 1475–85; < Latin vehement-, stem of vehemēns, vēmēns violent, forceful (of uncertain derivation) Related forms ve·he·ment·ly, adverb non·ve·he·ment, adjective non·ve·he·ment·ly, adverb o·ver·ve·he·ment, adjective o·ver·ve·he·ment·ly, adverb un·ve·he·ment, adjective un·ve·he·ment·ly, adverb
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C15: from Latin
vehemēns ardent; related to vehere to carry
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Word Origin and History for over-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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