vehemence

noun

ve·​he·​mence ˈvē-ə-mən(t)s How to pronounce vehemence (audio)
: the quality or state of being vehement : intensity

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
Recent Examples on the Web Yet there’s a particular vehemence to the concern about how long runtimes have gotten that suggests this conversation reflects our fears about all the ways the world is changing. Constance Grady, Vox, 17 May 2024 Many court watchers were surprised at the vehemence of the conservative justices’ defense of Trump’s claim that presidents must be immune from prosecution to carry out their duties. Dave Goldiner, New York Daily News, 25 Apr. 2024 Erdogan experienced firsthand the vehemence of this establishment antagonism when the Turkish military forced his political party, the Welfare Party, from power with a public memorandum in 1997. Henri J. Barkey, Foreign Affairs, 17 Aug. 2023 Or, worse, when that world is breaking down with such vehemence that the air seems to grow more toxic by the minute? Gia Kourlas, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for vehemence 

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'vehemence.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vehemence was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near vehemence

Cite this Entry

“Vehemence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vehemence. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

vehemence

noun
ve·​he·​mence ˈvē-ə-mən(t)s How to pronounce vehemence (audio)
: the quality or state of being vehement

More from Merriam-Webster on vehemence

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!