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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.
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Exceptionally great concentration, power, or force, especially in activity:
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(25) In a ten-page etymological meditation on apprehendit in these verses (part of a 1605 Christmas sermon preached before James I), Andrewes reads the word as "laying fast hold, and seizing surely," and as "to seize upon with great vehemency, to lay hold on with both hands." (26) As Deborah Shuger has written of Andrewes's reading, this "full, waking, and forcible word [apprehendit] ...
is by the vehemency of our voice and utterance to expresse the greatnesse of our affections and passions, and thereby to move the like affections in our hearers' (K3v, K4r).
According to John Smith in The Mystery of Rhetoric Unveil'd, "Pathopoeia is a form of speech whereby the speaker moves the mind of his hearers to some vehemency of affection, as of love, hatred, gladness, sorrow, &c.