Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized by forcefulness of expression or intensity of emotion or conviction; fervid: a vehement denial. See Synonyms at intense.
  • adj. Marked by or full of vigor or energy; strong: a vehement storm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Showing strong feelings; passionate; forceful or intense.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Acting with great force; furious; violent; impetuous; forcible; mighty.
  • adj. Very ardent; very eager or urgent; very fervent; passionate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Proceeding from or characterized by strength, violence, or impetuosity of feeling or emotion; very ardent; very eager or urgent; fervent; passionate.
  • Acting with great force or energy; energetic; violent; furious; very forcible.
  • Synonyms Impetuous, fiery, burning, hot, fervid, forcible, vigorous, boisterous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions; inclined to react violently; fervid
  • adj. characterized by great force or energy

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin vehemēns, vehement-, perhaps from vehere, to carry; see wegh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin vehemēns ("impetuous, violent"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This is why a certain vehement anti-Catholicism is still alive and well within Protestantism, because those who go to the core of their faith can really only understand it in relation to Catholicism.

    "Protestantism is dangerous. ..."

  • Dave and I were in vehement agreement about a lot of things, and tantamount was the need for the user experience of OpenID authentication to improve.

    Welcoming Facebook to the OpenID Foundation | FactoryCity

  • I find myself in vehement disagreement with the the insured's description of the "foam pit dance party."

    Insurance Defense

  • One of the most fascinating predictions of relativity theory is that massive objects in vehement motion emit

    The Nobel Prize in Physics 1993 - Presentation Speech

  • The southern states are loud in vehement threats of secession, if the republican candidate is elected; but their bluster is really lamentably ludicrous, for they are without money, without credit, without power, without character – in short, sans everything, but so many millions of slaves, sans good numbers of whom they would also be the very moment they cut themselves adrift from the protection of the North.

    Further Records, 1848-1883: A Series of Letters

  • His carriage was surrounded by the people, who expressed in vehement cheers their congratulations.

    Major Anderson

  • But so vehement is Madame Duval, that she would instantly have compelled me to attend her to town, in her way to Paris, had not Lady Howard so far exerted herself, as to declare she could by no means consent to my quitting her house, till she gave me up to you, by whose permission I had entered it.

    Evelina: or, The History of a Young Lady's Entrance Into the World

  • Trinity and Incarnation, instead of commanding their silent submission, were agitated in vehement and subtile controversies, which enlarged their faith at the expense, perhaps, of their charity and reason.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • (1756-93) was first president of the National Convention, beginning his revolutionary career closely tied to Robespierre and ending it in vehement opposition to the Jacobin leader.

    Names

  • His oratory is described as vehement beyond example; so carried away did he become, that he found it necessary to have

    The History of Roman Literature From the earliest period to the death of Marcus Aurelius

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