vehemence

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n vehemence intensity or forcefulness of expression "the vehemence of his denial","his emphasis on civil rights"
    • n vehemence the property of being wild or turbulent "the storm's violence"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vehemence The quality or state of being vehement; impetuous force; impetuosity; violence; fury; as, the vehemence of the wind; to speak with vehemence .
    • Vehemence Violent ardor; great heat; animated fervor; as, the vehemence of love, anger, or other passions. "I . . . tremble at his vehemence of temper."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vehemence The character or state of being vehement; the energy exhibited by one who or that which is vehement. Specifically— Violent ardor; fervor; impetuosity; fire: as, the vehemence of love or affection; the vehemence of anger or other passion.
    • n vehemence Force or impetuosity accompanying energetic action of any kind; impetuous force; impetuosity; boisterousness; violence; fury: as, the vehemence of wind; to speak with vehemence.
    • n vehemence Synonyms Force, might, intensity, passion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Vehemence 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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. vehementia,: cf. F. véhémence,
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:

One hand on the table, the other reaching her slender stemmed glass aloft, she leaned toward me with a look of singular vehemence.
"The Boss of Little Arcady" by Harry Leon Wilson
In half an hour, he sent a little billet, expressing his concern for the vehemence of his behaviour, and prayed to see me.
"Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
His satires are also admirable, but without the fierce vehemence and lofty indignation that characterized those of Juvenal.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume I" by John Lord
All the vehemence of her nature was roused.
"Mercy Philbrick's Choice" by Helen Hunt Jackson
But it was the vehemence of his patriotism and his inspiring eloquence which brought Adams to the front, rather than his legal reputation.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XI" by John Lord
But Mrs. Van Wyck drew away, frightened at her vehemence.
"Children of the Frost" by Jack London
But the lady shrieked with great vehemence of terror and besought him mercy.
"The Story of the Champions of the Round Table" by Howard Pyle
In speaking these last words a fire seemed to sparkle from his eyes, which sufficiently denoted the vehemence of his inward agitations.
"The Fortunate Foundlings" by Eliza Fowler Haywood
Her words seemed, after all, rather a justification of their vehemence of feeling.
"Saxe Holm's Stories" by Helen Hunt Jackson
In the midst of this exciting scene there was one heart which beat with a nervous vehemence that well-nigh burst it.
"The Dog Crusoe and His Master" by Robert Michael Ballantyne
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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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