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See also: véhémence



From Middle French vehemence, from Latin vehementia (eagerness, strength), from vehemens (eager).


  • IPA(key): /ˈviːəmən(t)s/, /ˈviːhəmən(t)s/
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vehemence (usually uncountable, plural vehemences)

  1. An intense concentration, force or power.
    The bear attacked with vengeance and vehemence.
  2. A wild or turbulent ferocity or fury.
    His response was bursting with hatred and vehemence.
    • 2016 February 6, "Israel’s prickliness blocks the long quest for peace," The National (retrieved 8 February 2016):
      This worrisome tendency was on display in recent weeks as Israelis reacted with striking vehemence to remarks by UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, and US ambassador to Israel, Daniel Shapiro.
  3. Eagerness, fervor, excessive strong feeling.
    • 1826, Mary Shelley, The Last Man, volume 3, chapter 1:
      I could not wonder at the vehemence of her care, her very soul was tenderness []


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