ve·​he·​ment | \ ˈvē-ə-mənt How to pronounce vehement (audio) \

Definition of vehement

: marked by forceful energy : powerful a vehement wind : such as
a : intensely emotional : impassioned, fervid vehement patriotism
b(1) : deeply felt a vehement suspicion
(2) : forcibly expressed vehement denunciations
c : bitterly antagonistic a vehement debate

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Other Words from vehement

vehemently adverb

Examples of vehement in a Sentence

Cranes rise above the old rooftops, adding new office towers and new condominiums and new malls to a city where Jonathan Swift once issued his vehement bulletins. — Pete Hamill, Gourmet, April 2007 As they shouted and mocked, I wondered how they could have developed such intense, vehement hatred toward people with whom they had had no previous contact. — Todd Hechtman, The News/Sun-Sentinel, 1 Feb. 1987 He cursed himself like a less scrupulous Job, as a vehement man will do when he loses self-respect, the last mental prop under poverty. — Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge, 1886 Both the ladies indulged in vehement screaming for several minutes; and Mr. Cymon Tuggs, besides sustaining intense bodily pain, had the additional mental anguish of witnessing their distressing situation, without having the power to rescue them, by reason of his leg being firmly screwed in between the animal and the wall. — Charles Dickens, Sketches by "Boz", 1836 He issued a vehement denial of the accusation. The proposal has faced vehement opposition from many teachers. She was vehement about the need for new safety measures.
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Recent Examples on the Web Kavanaugh, who most frequently sides with the chief justice, often against the court's other three conservatives, penned one of two vehement dissents. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Ruling on LGBTQ rights once again reveals precarious nature of Supreme Court's conservative majority," 17 June 2020 By the end of the day, both directors’ comments had gone viral on Twitter, triggering a backlash so vehement that Allen deleted her Twitter account by Friday afternoon. Rachel Swan,, "A national reckoning over police violence hits BART, again," 13 June 2020 The vehement viral responses to Coffee & Kareem have been funnier than the movie itself, exposing culture-wide ignorance about the tradition of Hollywood racial exploitation. Armond White, National Review, "Coffee & Kareem Combines Satire and Insult," 10 Apr. 2020 The policy, adopted over vehement Republican objections by a committee stacked with Democrats, is a first strike for gun control by House and Senate, which are both under Democratic control for the first time in years. Washington Post, "Guns banned in Virginia Capitol: Democratic majority makes first guns change," 10 Jan. 2020 The two top Democrats on the intelligence oversight panels expressed vehement objections on Friday, portraying Mr. Trump’s move as political and retribution. Maggie Haberman, New York Times, "Trump to Fire Intelligence Watchdog Who Had Key Role in Ukraine Complaint," 3 Apr. 2020 Some of the most vehement protest activity, in Michigan, has been organized by the Michigan Conservative Coalition. Anchorage Daily News, "Pro-gun activists use Facebook groups to push anti-quarantine protests," 20 Apr. 2020 This prestige, in Mr. Boes’s telling, was partly a reward for Mann’s increasingly vehement criticism of the Nazis. Duncan White, WSJ, "‘Thomas Mann’s War’ Review: The Man and the Moment," 7 Feb. 2020 This analysis was later placed in evidence to prove the innocence of the accused, despite vehement scientific criticism of the method. Theodor Schaarschmidt, Scientific American, "The Art of Lying," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of vehement

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vehement

borrowed from Middle French, going back to Old French, borrowed from Latin vehement-, vehemens, vēmens "violent, vigorous, (of feelings) overmastering, powerful," perhaps from vehere "to convey, carry along, drive" + -mens, adjective suffix (as in clēmens "mild, calm") of uncertain origin

Note: Alternatively explained as a prefix vē- "faulty, excessive or deficient" and ment-, mens "mind," in which case -ehe- is an unetymological spelling of the long vowel. Though this would account for vehemens in place of *vehimens (with normal vowel weakening), the word never has the sense "mentally deranged" (the meanings of the presumed parallel formations vēcors and vēsānus).

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“Vehement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of vehement

: showing strong and often angry feelings : very emotional


ve·​he·​ment | \ ˈvē-ə-mənt How to pronounce vehement (audio) \

Kids Definition of vehement

1 : showing great force or energy a vehement wind
2 : highly emotional vehement patriotism
3 : expressed with force a vehement denial

Other Words from vehement

vehemently adverb

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