Definition of vehement in US English:

vehement

adjective

  • Showing strong feeling; forceful, passionate, or intense.

    ‘her voice was low but vehement’
    ‘vehement criticism’
    • ‘This prompted some vehement criticism from shareholders in May.’
    • ‘Robertson issued a vehement rebuttal last night, claiming his comments had been taken out of context and threatening legal action.’
    • ‘On the subject of chastity until marriage she is just as vehement.’
    • ‘He does not mince his words and he is vehement in his condemnation of her quest to have another baby at the age of 56.’
    • ‘Stuart Golabek felt otherwise and was booked by referee Craig Thomson for his vehement protests.’
    • ‘But it is unusual to hear such vehement attacks on the profit motive of a private company by a right wing media commentator.’
    • ‘So it boils down to his word against the vehement denials by the government officials.’
    • ‘The Uefa elite managers' committee, headed by Sir Alex Ferguson, has long been vehement in its opposition to the proposed changes.’
    • ‘Contestabile has been a vehement critic of the controversial law.’
    • ‘Despite vehement pleas for a penalty, referee Mr Hoare was unmoved.’
    • ‘Luckhurst was one of McLeish's most vehement critics during the former First Minister's spell in office.’
    • ‘At the other end of the scale, George Foreman remains the most vehement opponent of this whole enterprise.’
    • ‘He was obviously expecting a more vehement denial and was taken aback when I laughed at him.’
    • ‘He was prepared to put aside his vehement opposition to the US because of the help it was providing.’
    • ‘The first of them is an eloquent defence of laissez-faire capitalism, the other is an even more vehement denunciation of it.’
    • ‘Their objections grew more vehement when Roberts described how he intended to conduct the inquiry.’
    • ‘Some of the most vehement criticism has come from New York itself.’
    • ‘And why did the man who previously enjoyed life in England, suddenly show a vehement hatred of the country?’
    • ‘Leaders of the coalition are vehement in arguing that cooperation with the social movements should be a cornerstone of any new party.’
    • ‘Nowadays, Weldon is a vehement opponent of psychotherapy, but back then she underwent analysis.’
    passionate, forceful, ardent, impassioned, heated, spirited, urgent, fervent, fervid, strong, forcible, powerful, emphatic, vigorous, animated, intense, violent, fierce, earnest, eager, keen, enthusiastic, zealous, fanatical
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Origin

Late Middle English (describing pain or temperature, in the sense ‘intense, high in degree’): from French véhément or Latin vehement- ‘impetuous, violent’, perhaps from an unrecorded adjective meaning ‘deprived of mind’, influenced by vehere ‘carry’.

Pronunciation

vehement

/ˈvēəmənt//ˈviəmənt/