A Word A Day : Vehement

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


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : ve-hi-ment


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


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


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



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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