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 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

Synonyms for vehement

Antonyms for vehement Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vehemently

Contemporary Examples of vehemently

Historical Examples of vehemently

  • "I don't think so at all, Mr. Little," said Hetty, vehemently.

  • “And you are every bit as bad as he is, and as soft—he has made you so,” went on Linders, vehemently.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • “I will be like thee,” said the boy, vehemently, his eyes filling with tears.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • Vehemently—to escape from that monstrous idea—she sought it.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • Wilson had never before been heard to say so much or to speak so vehemently.

British Dictionary definitions for vehemently



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

Word Origin for vehement

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

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