vehement

[ vee-uh-muhnt ]
/ ˈvi ə mənt /

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.

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Origin of vehement

1475–85; < Latin vehement-, stem of vehemēns, vēmēns violent, forceful (of uncertain derivation)

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Example sentences from the Web for over-vehement

  • 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

vehement
/ (ˈviːɪmənt) /

adjective

marked by intensity of feeling or conviction; emphatic
(of actions, gestures, etc) characterized by great energy, vigour, or force; furious

Derived forms of vehement

vehemence, nounvehemently, adverb

Word Origin for vehement

C15: from Latin vehemēns ardent; related to vehere to carry
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