ve·​he·​mence | \ ˈvē-ə-mən(t)s How to pronounce vehemence (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web The vehemence of those denials raises questions about how China could be expected to honor commitments to protect workers’ rights. New York Times, "China and E.U. Leaders Strike Investment Deal, but Political Hurdles Await," 30 Dec. 2020 Tanden has been an outspoken backer of Democrats on Twitter and cable news channels, a role that is helping fuel the vehemence of Republican opposition. Mike Dorning,, "Biden Stokes First Nomination Fight With Pick for Budget Chief," 1 Dec. 2020 Pence talked over the moderator and Harris but without any real vehemence. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "A Straightforward Vice-Presidential Debate About a Catastrophic Presidency," 8 Oct. 2020 The vehemence of this year’s political debate has been on display during early voting in Florida. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, "How Pro-Trump Disinformation Is Swaying a New Generation of Cuban-American Voters," 26 Oct. 2020 Unsurprisingly, ambition-aspersions seem to be directed at women of color with special vehemence. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Why Women Can’t Want," 7 Oct. 2020 Though Marshall continued to litigate civil rights cases, he was exhausted by the vehemence of states’ resistance to integration. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "How Thurgood Marshall became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court justice," 2 Oct. 2020 But Faulkner was worried about the pace of change in the South, and the vehemence and violence of white resistance to integration following the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision. Evan Kindley, The New Republic, "William Faulkner’s Southern Guilt," 18 Aug. 2020 This is of particular value during passing maneuvers, when the big Bentley steams by slower traffic with surprising vehemence. Barry Winfield, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1994 Bentley Turbo R Brings the Old World into the New," 7 July 2020

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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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“Vehemence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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ve·​he·​mence | \ ˈvē-ə-məns How to pronounce vehemence (audio) \

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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