One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Force or intensity of personal feeling, action, expression, etc.; = "vehemence". Also occasionally: an instance of this.
2With reference to pain, disease, etc.: = "vehemence".
Late 15th century (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin vehementia violent force or movement, energetic or enthusiastic character, keenness, (of style) vigour, forcefulness from vehement-, vehemēns + -ia; compare -ency.
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