ve·​he·​mence | \ˈvē-ə-mən(t)s \

Definition of vehemence 

: the quality or state of being vehement : intensity

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Examples of vehemence in a Sentence

the vehemence in her voice when she insisted that she never gossiped surprised me every cause that she pursues is pursued with great vehemence

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Civil society groups and researchers say that Aung Naing Soe’s experience—particularly the vehemence of attacks against him on Facebook—was not unique. Timothy Mclaughlin, WIRED, "How Facebook’s Rise Fueled Chaos and Confusion in Myanmar," 6 July 2018 Then, in an orchestral transition, comes that second burst of vehemence. New York Times, "Review: A Long-Awaited New Opera Is a Raucous Beauty," 11 May 2018 But the extreme vehemence of the culture wars the president has stoked have, perhaps counterintuitively, insulated him from some of the political headwinds. Tina Nguyen, The Hive, "“The Stormy News Cycle Cancels Out Russia”: Amid the President’s Legal Chernobyl, MAGA Nation Gives Trump Two Thumbs Up," 4 May 2018 As students demonstrated at Nanterre and Sorbonne, police interventions became increasingly forceful, only escalating the protestors’ vehemence. Kate Keller, Smithsonian, "Fifty Years Later, France Is Still Debating the Legacy of Its 1968 Protests," 4 May 2018 This score’s first two movements are of course full of pianistic acrobatics and orchestral vehemence. Jeremy Eichler,, "At the BSO, Blaise Déjardin steps forward in excellent company," 2 May 2018 The music seems to defy formal constraints, shifting from crazed vehemence to bitterly ironic dances, blasting marches to spans of industrious counterpoint. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "Review: Jonas Kaufmann Takes a Big Step Toward ‘Tristan’," 13 Apr. 2018 The increasing vehemence towards female stars merely showing any interest in bettering the rights of women and female empowerment comes at a time when South Korea’s entertainment is dealing with major disruptions as a result of #MeToo. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "Female K-Pop Stars Face Criticism for Seemingly Feminist Behavior," 26 Mar. 2018 The company regularly posts quarterly losses with few historical parallels, even as regulators and critics argue with growing vehemence that the company is exploiting and underpaying its drivers. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "At Uber, Troubling Signs Were Rampant Long Before a Fatal Self-Driving Crash," 24 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of vehemence

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vehemence

Middle English vemance, vehemens, borrowed from Middle French vehemence, borrowed from Latin vehementia "violent movement, intensity," from vehement-, vehemens "violent, vehement" + -ia -ia entry 1

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ve·​he·​mence | \ˈvē-ə-məns \

Kids Definition of vehemence

: the quality or state of being vehement … he had been talking with a vehemence that shook the house.— Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island

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