from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Characterized by forcefulness of expression or intensity of emotion or conviction; fervid.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Proceeding from or characterized by strength, violence, or impetuosity of feeling or emotion; very ardent; very eager or urgent; fervent; passionate.
  • Acting with great force or energy; energetic; violent; furious; very forcible.
  • Synonyms Impetuous, fiery, burning, hot, fervid, forcible, vigorous, boisterous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Acting with great force; furious; violent; impetuous; forcible; mighty.
  • adjective Very ardent; very eager or urgent; very fervent; passionate.

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  • adjective Showing strong feelings; passionate; forceful or intense.

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

  • adjective marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions; inclined to react violently; fervid
  • adjective characterized by great force or energy


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin vehemēns, vehement-, perhaps from vehere, to carry; see wegh- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin vehemēns ("impetuous, violent").


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  • His carriage was surrounded by the people, who expressed in vehement cheers their congratulations.

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  • I often hear people say "We're in VIOLENT agreement." It always struck me as an odd expression. Then I thought they may be using the wrong word and perhaps it should be "VEHEMENT agreement." And then it just spread. Similar to the common misuse of moot with mute.

    What do you think?

    August 7, 2015

  • I have occasionally heard someone use violent this way, but in a self-aware and humorous manner.

    August 7, 2015

  • marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions

    While the other employees responded to the bad news in a measured way, Andrew responded in a vehement manner, tipping over his desk and shouting at the top of his lungs.

    October 19, 2016