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 Today is not the 1930s, but in contemporary Italy, for instance, a populist government has taken power and started openly targeting migrants with a vehemence few thought possible in postwar Europe. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Oldest Money: Inside Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's Sicilian Palazzo," 10 Dec. 2019 Antipater, meanwhile, was also complaining to Alexander, with equal vehemence, about Olympias. National Geographic, "Alexander the Great's warrior mom wielded unprecedented power," 3 Dec. 2019 Arthur Jussen, handling the piano solo that runs through the piece, played with jaunty flair that darkened to vehemence., "BSO and Andris Nelsons open the Symphony Hall season with a sweet, eclectic program - The Boston Globe," 21 Sep. 2019 Usually in a good way, but not always: Although related, vehemence and eloquence are different, the way that mass and muscle are., "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 11 Oct. 2019 Each competitor in the agon is expected to stake his or her claims on truth; Nietzsche advanced his own opinions with utmost vehemence. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Nietzsche’s Eternal Return," 7 Oct. 2019 When Moctar played at the Cat 16 months ago, backed by the same three musicians, the vehemence of his performance came as a surprise. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "Mdou Moctar lets his fingers do the talking during Black Cat show," 8 Sep. 2019 For the last two years, Trump has bullied Powell for keeping rates too high—and has done so with increasing vehemence. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "With today’s rate cut, the Fed is jeopardizing its credibility," 31 July 2019 The sheer vehemence of Winogrand’s career is even more astonishing than the excellence of his work. Mark Feeney,, "Garry Winogrand, that master of black-and-white, was a master of color, too," 20 June 2019

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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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16 Dec 2019

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“Vehemence.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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