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 audience is in essence given the opportunity to punish Joan, or validate her abrasive vehemence. Washington Post, 1 July 2021 The Maricopa County Board, which had long opposed the recount, has ratcheted up its pushback with uncommon vehemence. Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2021 What comes through now is the vehemence and sulky confusion of a generation’s anti-American snit. Armond White, National Review, 2 June 2021 But his vehemence on destroying the extra serum argues otherwise. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 9 Apr. 2021 Amid this epidemic of hatred masquerading as holiness, the vehemence with which Lil Nas X rejects this false gospel should be the least of our concerns. Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 Apr. 2021 Even the hip young English teacher (Neal Huff) centers class discussions, with an odd vehemence, on religious principle. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 26 Mar. 2021 But several board members spoke with vehemence against Calendar D. Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2021 It’s that kind of vehemence or zealotry, which comes with a point of view and wanting to indoctrinate people with a very polarized and divisive view. Brenna Ehrlich, Rolling Stone, 18 Mar. 2021

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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 26 Oct. 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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