vehemence

noun ve·he·mence \ ˈvē-ə-mən(t)s \

Definition of vehemence

: the quality or state of being vehement : intensity

Examples of vehemence in a Sentence

  1. the vehemence in her voice when she insisted that she never gossiped surprised me

  2. every cause that she pursues is pursued with great vehemence

Recent Examples of vehemence from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'vehemence.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of vehemence

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


VEHEMENCE Defined for Kids

vehemence

noun ve·he·mence \ ˈvē-ə-məns \

Definition of vehemence for Students

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


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up vehemence? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

WORD OF THE DAY

investment of mental or emotional energy

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks Quiz

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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