Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An intense concentration, force or power.
  • n. A wild or turbulent ferocity or fury.
  • n. Eagerness, fervor, excessive strong feeling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being vehement; impetuous force; impetuosity; violence; fury.
  • n. Violent ardor; great heat; animated fervor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character or state of being vehement; the energy exhibited by one who or that which is vehement.
  • n. Force or impetuosity accompanying energetic action of any kind; impetuous force; impetuosity; boisterousness; violence; fury: as, the vehemence of wind; to speak with vehemence.
  • n. Synonyms Force, might, intensity, passion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. intensity or forcefulness of expression
  • n. the property of being wild or turbulent

Etymologies

From Old French, from Latin vehementia ("eagerness, strength"), from vehemens ("eager"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Seen in terms of fear of indictment, impeachment and prosecution, the vehemence is quite understandable. blah Says:

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  • Moreover, a man who renders an answer in this style will in consequence find himself calling vehemence vehement and excess excessive: for there is such a thing as a vehement conviction: if then conviction be ‘vehemence’, there would be a ‘vehement vehemence’.

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  • While Egypt has periodically sought the return of the bust, "this vehemence is a new stage," said Dietrich Schulenburg, a spokesperson for Bernd Neumann, Germany’s Minister of State for Culture.

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  • Their vehemence was a little bewildering at first, given the benign -- and boring -- state-mandated content.

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  • But his very force of delivery, and his vehemence were a part of the man, and he no more could have preached in another manner than have changed his stature.

    Frank H. Nelson of Cincinnati

  • And the anomaly he presented in what might be called the vehemence of his advocacy of an outworn orthodoxy, in his occupation of the pulpit of St. John's, had quickened at once her curiosity and antagonism.

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  • Her vehemence was a sort of self-defense; it was a subtle confession that she felt in this little repelling personality the challenge of an equal; but Blair only gaped at her in childish confusion; and instantly his mother was herself again.

    The Iron Woman

  • There was not one hint about him of the beggar's emphasis, the outburst of revolting gratitude, the rant and cant, the "God bless you, Kind, Kind gentleman," which insults the smallness of your alms by disproportionate vehemence, which is so notably false, which would be so unbearable if it were true.

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  • A fundamental mistake to call vehemence and rigidity strength!

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  • In fact, the vehemence is a lot more interesting than the vehicle itself.

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