vehemence


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ve·he·ment

 (vē′ə-mənt)
adj.
Characterized by forcefulness of expression or intensity of emotion or conviction; fervid: a vehement denial.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin vehemēns, vehement-, perhaps from vehere, to carry; see wegh- in Indo-European roots.]

ve′he·mence, ve′he·men·cy n.
ve′he·ment·ly adv.

ve•he•mence

(ˈvi ə məns)

also ve′he•men•cy,



n.
1. the quality of being vehement.
2. vigorous impetuosity; fury.
[1520–30; < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vehemence - intensity or forcefulness of expressionvehemence - intensity or forcefulness of expression; "the vehemence of his denial"; "his emphasis on civil rights"
intensiveness, intensity - high level or degree; the property of being intense
overemphasis - too much emphasis
2.vehemence - the property of being wild or turbulentvehemence - the property of being wild or turbulent; "the storm's violence"
intensiveness, intensity - high level or degree; the property of being intense
savageness, savagery - the property of being untamed and ferocious; "the coastline is littered with testaments to the savageness of the waters"; "a craving for barbaric splendor, for savagery and color and the throb of drums"

vehemence

vehemence

noun
Exceptionally great concentration, power, or force, especially in activity:
Translations

vehemence

[ˈviːɪməns] N [of words, person, criticism, protest] → vehemencia f; [of attack] → violencia f; [of opposition] → fuerza f, radicalidad f; [of denial] → rotundidad f; [of dislike] → intensidad f

vehemence

[ˈviːəməns] nvéhémence f

vehemence

nVehemenz f (geh); (of actions, feelings also)Heftigkeit f; (of love, hatred also)Leidenschaftlichkeit f; (of protests also)Schärfe f, → Heftigkeit f

vehemence

[ˈviːɪməns] nveemenza
References in classic literature ?
It was that wretched scowl which time and her near-sightedness, and the fret of inward discomfort, had rendered so habitual that any vehemence of mood invariably evoked it.
The young minister, on ceasing to speak had withdrawn a few steps from the group, and stood with his face partially concealed in the heavy folds of the window-curtain; while the shadow of his figure, which the sunlight cast upon the floor, was tremulous with the vehemence of his appeal.
But, heavens," I fell, with vehemence, athinking, "what it shows that they must, to that extent, have succeeded in making of him
So, with great vehemence, he overturned Sam, and, giving two or three contemptuous snorts, flourished his heels vigorously in the air, and was soon prancing away towards the lower end of the lawn, followed by Bill and Jerry, whom Andy had not failed to let loose, according to contract, speeding them off with various direful ejaculations.
It was a cruel chill to give to a poor little devil's gushing vehemence.
Marianne's indignation burst forth as soon as he quitted the room; and as her vehemence made reserve impossible in Elinor, and unnecessary in Mrs.
The vehemence of emotion, stirred by grief and love within me, was claiming mastery, and struggling for full sway, and asserting a right to predominate, to overcome, to live, rise, and reign at last: yes,--and to speak.
The vehemence of my agitation brought on a copious bleeding at the nose, and still Heathcliff laughed, and still I scolded.
The healing tears had not come gently; they had burst from her with a torturing, passionate vehemence -- but Norah had never left her till the struggle was over, and the calm had come.
He had no opportunity of saying, or so much as thinking, anything else, until he was clear of the Old Bailey; for, the crowd came pouring out with a vehemence that nearly took him off his legs, and a loud buzz swept into the street as if the baffled blue-flies were dispersing in search of other carrion.
The mere vehemence of her words can convey, I am sensible, but a weak impression of the passion by which she was possessed, and which made itself articulate in her whole figure, though her voice, instead of being raised, was lower than usual.
I could feel the muscles of the thin arm round my neck, swell with the vehemence that possessed her.