From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Vehemence \Ve"he*mence\, n. [L. vehementia: cf. F.
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   1. The quality or state of being vehement; impetuous force;
      impetuosity; violence; fury; as, the vehemence of the
      wind; to speak with vehemence.
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   2. Violent ardor; great heat; animated fervor; as, the
      vehemence of love, anger, or other passions.
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            I . . . tremble at his vehemence of temper.
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