adjective ve·he·ment \ ˈvē-ə-mənt \
Updated on: 13 Mar 2018

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



Examples of vehement in a Sentence

  1. 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 HamillGourmetApril 2007
  2. 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 HechtmanThe News/Sun-Sentinel1 Feb. 1987
  3. 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 HardyThe Mayor of Casterbridge1886
  4. 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 DickensSketches by "Boz"1836
  5. He issued a vehement denial of the accusation.

  6. The proposal has faced vehement opposition from many teachers.

  7. She was vehement about the need for new safety measures.

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Origin and Etymology of 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).

VEHEMENT Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of vehement for English Language Learners

  • : showing strong and often angry feelings : very emotional

VEHEMENT Defined for Kids


adjective ve·he·ment \ ˈvē-ə-mənt \

Definition of vehement for Students

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



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