1. [syn: fierce, tearing, vehement, violent, trigger-happy]
2. characterized by great force or energy;
- Example: "vehement deluges of rain"
- Example: "vehement clapping"
- Example: "a vehement defense"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Vehement \Ve"he*ment\, a. [L. vehemens, the first part of which
is perhaps akin to vehere to carry, and the second mens mind:
cf. F. v['e]h['e]ment. Cf. Vehicle, and Mental.]
1. Acting with great force; furious; violent; impetuous;
forcible; mighty; as, a vehement wind; a vehement torrent;
a vehement fire or heat.
2. Very ardent; very eager or urgent; very fervent;
passionate; as, a vehement affection or passion. "Vehement
instigation." --Shak. "Vehement desire." --Milton.
Syn: Furious; violent; raging; impetuous; passionate; ardent;
eager; hot; fervid; burning.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions;
inclined to react violently; fervid; "fierce loyalty";
"in a tearing rage"; "vehement dislike"; "violent
passions" [syn: fierce, tearing, vehement,
2: characterized by great force or energy; "vehement deluges of
rain"; "vehement clapping"; "a vehement defense"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
131 Moby Thesaurus words for "vehement":
abandoned, acid, acidulous, acrid, acrimonious, acute, afire,
ardent, assiduous, astringent, biting, bitter, burning, caustic,
committed, concentrated, cutting, dedicated, delirious, desperate,
devoted, devout, diligent, double-edged, drastic, earnest, edged,
emphatic, energetic, enthusiastic, escharotic, excessive, exciting,
exorbitant, exquisite, extravagant, extreme, faithful, fervent,
fervid, fierce, fiery, flaming, forceful, frantic, furious,
glowing, great, hard, hardworking, harsh, hearty, heated, hot,
hot-blooded, hotheaded, immoderate, impassioned, impetuous,
in earnest, incisive, indefatigable, industrious, intemperate,
intense, intent, intent on, keen, laborious, lively, loyal,
mordacious, mordant, never idle, on fire, outrageous, passionate,
penetrating, perfervid, piercing, poignant, potent, powerful,
pronounced, provoking, rabid, red-hot, relentless, resolute,
rigorous, rough, scathing, sedulous, serious, severe, sharp,
simmering, sincere, sleepless, spirited, splitting, stabbing,
stimulating, stinging, stirring, stormy, strenuous, strident,
stringent, tart, tempestuous, terrible, tireless, trenchant,
unconscionable, unflagging, unremitting, unsleeping, unsparing,
unwearied, urgent, venomous, vicious, violent, virulent, vitriolic,
volcanic, warm, white-hot, wild, zealous