Vehemency

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Vehemency Vehemence. "The vehemency of your affection."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vehemency Same as vehemence.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Vehemency the quality of being vehement: violence: great ardour or fervour
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “To reprove small faults within due vehemence, is as absurd as if a man should take a great hammer to kill a fly on his friend's forehead.”
  • Homer
    Homer
    “Thou knowst the oer-eager vehemence of youth,How quick in temper, and in judgement weak.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. vehemens, from ve, out of, mens, mind; acc. to Vanicek, from vehĕre, to carry.

Usage

In literature:

It hit Roland Bleke with considerable vehemence on the bridge of the nose.
"A Man of Means" by P. G. Wodehouse and C. H. Bovill
Even in his vehemence he lost no delicacy of touch.
"Thoroughbreds" by W. A. Fraser
She broke out with a vehemence for which she was afterwards sorry, though nowise ashamed of it.
"Weighed and Wanting" by George MacDonald
Was this gentle girl's resolution to overrule a strong man's passionate vehemence?
"Henry Dunbar" by M. E. Braddon
My sister put in with vehemence, on the same side.
"Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
Many times Hubertine had seen her kissing her hands with vehemence.
"The Dream" by Emile Zola
And the girl perceived that she had grown deadly white, and was suddenly ashamed of her own vehemence.
"The Coryston Family" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
If I had spoken, it would have been with vehemence.
"Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
Mr. Gladstone attacked the bill with a power and vehemence which astonished the House.
"The Grand Old Man" by Richard B. Cook
Whitbread was the Demosthenes of bad taste and vulgar vehemence, but strong, and English.
"The Works of Lord Byron: Letters and Journals, Volume 2." by Lord Byron
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In poetry:

Because of thee, the land of dreams
Becomes a gathering place of fears:
Until tormented slumber seems
One vehemence of useless tears.
"The Dark Angel" by Lionel Pigot Johnson
Oh long ago the billow-flow of sense,
Aroused by passion's windy vehemence,
Upbore me out of depths to heights intense,
But not to thee, Nirvana.
"Nirvana" by Sidney Lanier
He press'd me with vehemence to give him my hand,
And vow'd that long courtship he hated;
I started, and told him we must make a stand,
Some trifles must first be debated.
Debated, &c.
"Nancy's Courtship" by William Hutton
I wander to the zigzag-cornered fence
Where sassafras, intrenched in brambles dense,
Contests with stolid vehemence
The march of culture, setting limb and thorn
As pikes against the army of the corn.
"Corn" by Sidney Lanier

In news:

Atheist militancy followed Christian vehemence.
Well, no, there is one person quoted in the essay who rejects sodomy , though not with Naipaul's vehemence.
Contestant's vehemence entertains with wild moments.
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