Definition of vehement in English:



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

    ‘her voice was low but vehement’
    ‘vehement criticism’
    • ‘On the subject of chastity until marriage she is just as vehement.’
    • ‘Luckhurst was one of McLeish's most vehement critics during the former First Minister's spell in office.’
    • ‘Their objections grew more vehement when Roberts described how he intended to conduct the inquiry.’
    • ‘He was obviously expecting a more vehement denial and was taken aback when I laughed at him.’
    • ‘Despite vehement pleas for a penalty, referee Mr Hoare was unmoved.’
    • ‘Leaders of the coalition are vehement in arguing that cooperation with the social movements should be a cornerstone of any new party.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the other end of the scale, George Foreman remains the most vehement opponent of this whole enterprise.’
    • ‘Some of the most vehement criticism has come from New York itself.’
    • ‘Stuart Golabek felt otherwise and was booked by referee Craig Thomson for his vehement protests.’
    • ‘Robertson issued a vehement rebuttal last night, claiming his comments had been taken out of context and threatening legal action.’
    • ‘Contestabile has been a vehement critic of the controversial law.’
    • ‘But it is unusual to hear such vehement attacks on the profit motive of a private company by a right wing media commentator.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So it boils down to his word against the vehement denials by the government officials.’
    • ‘This prompted some vehement criticism from shareholders in May.’
    • ‘Nowadays, Weldon is a vehement opponent of psychotherapy, but back then she underwent analysis.’
    • ‘The Uefa elite managers' committee, headed by Sir Alex Ferguson, has long been vehement in its opposition to the proposed changes.’
    • ‘And why did the man who previously enjoyed life in England, suddenly show a vehement hatred of the country?’
    passionate, forceful, ardent, impassioned, heated, spirited, urgent, fervent, fervid, strong, forcible, powerful, emphatic, vigorous, animated, intense, violent, fierce, earnest, eager, keen, enthusiastic, zealous, fanatical
    loud, noisy, clamorous, vocal, vociferous, outspoken, strident, forthright, insistent
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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.