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[vee-uh-muh ns]
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  1. the quality of being vehement; ardor; fervor.
  2. vigorous impetuosity; fury: the vehemence of his attack.
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Sometimes ve·he·men·cy.

Origin of vehemence

1520–30; < Latin vehementia; see vehement, -ence
Related formso·ver·ve·he·mence, noun


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1. eagerness, verve, zeal, enthusiasm, fervency. 2. passion.


1, 2. apathy.
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  • Mr. Gladstone attacked the bill with a power and vehemence which astonished the House.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • Many times Hubertine had seen her kissing her hands with vehemence.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • He spoke now with a vehemence and passion almost equal to Gaspare's.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • The old lady, who had been bending forward in her vehemence, fell back on the pillow.

  • He produced a handkerchief, and blew his nose with vehemence.


    Rafael Sabatini

Word Origin and History for vehemence


mid-15c., from Old French vehemence or directly from Latin vehementia (see vehement).

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