A Word A Day : Vehement





Friday, 16th May 2008 : Today's Word is ...

Vehement



( Adjective )




Pronunciation : ve-hi-ment


Definition:



1. expressed with or showing conviction or intense feeling

2. done with vigor or force

3. characterized by forcefulness of expression or intensity of emotion or conviction


Etymology:


15th century - Via Old French - Latin - vehement - forceful, violent


Synonyms:


fervent, passionate, heated, violent, intense, vigorous, desperate, fierce, furious, terrible


Antonyms:


apathetic


Contextual Examples:


• Orators are most
vehement when their cause is weak.

• He saw a
vehement young man, powder-smeared and frowzled, whom he knew to be him.

• The old man was beside himself: moved the chair on which he was sitting noisily backward and forward, made efforts to control himself and not become
vehement, but almost always did become vehement, scolded and sometimes flung the exercise book away.


Related Words:


vehemently : Adverb

vehemence : Noun

vehemency : Noun


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