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 In April, the Biden administration also recognized the early 20th century Armenian genocide under the Ottoman Empire for the first time, despite Ankara’s vehement opposition. Alex Leary, WSJ, 13 July 2021 The proposal aroused vehement opposition, as well as skepticism that any motion would be passed. New York Times, 13 July 2021 Perhaps most vehement about a payment ban are those who know ransomware criminals best — cybersecurity threat responders. Frank Bajak, ajc, 21 June 2021 In April, Washington recognized the early 20th century Armenian genocide under the Ottoman Empire for the first time despite Ankara’s vehement opposition. Jared Malsin, WSJ, 14 June 2021 The Texas bill is one of the latest measures sent to the governor this legislative session that has incited vehement opposition from Democrats and thrust the state into national debates., 26 May 2021 The bill is one of a number of measures sent to the governor this legislative session that has incited vehement opposition from Democrats and thrust the state into national debates. Washington Post, 26 May 2021 The package overwhelmingly passed the legislature earlier this week despite vehement criticism from police unions and opposition by nearly all of its Republicans members. Bryn Stole,, 9 Apr. 2021 Stefanik's profile within the party rose during Trump's first impeachment proceedings in 2019 due to her vehement defense of the former president, though her voting record is not as closely aligned with Trump's priorities as Cheney's has been. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, 12 May 2021

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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 25 Jul. 2021.

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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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