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  1. zealous; ardent; impassioned: a vehement defense; vehement enthusiasm.
  2. characterized by rancor or anger; violent: vehement hostility.
  3. strongly emotional; intense or passionate: vehement desire.
  4. marked by great energy or exertion; strenuous: vehement clapping.
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Origin of vehement

1475–85; < Latin vehement-, stem of vehemēns, vēmēns violent, forceful (of uncertain derivation)
Related formsve·he·ment·ly, adverbnon·ve·he·ment, adjectivenon·ve·he·ment·ly, adverbo·ver·ve·he·ment, adjectiveo·ver·ve·he·ment·ly, adverbun·ve·he·ment, adjectiveun·ve·he·ment·ly, adverb



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  • The jar was only momentary and was doubtless the result of an over-vehement attack.

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British Dictionary definitions for over-vehement


  1. marked by intensity of feeling or conviction; emphatic
  2. (of actions, gestures, etc) characterized by great energy, vigour, or force; furious
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Derived Formsvehemence, nounvehemently, adverb

Word Origin

C15: from Latin vehemēns ardent; related to vehere to carry
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Word Origin and History for over-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.

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