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From 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.] [1913 Webster] 1. Acting with great force; furious; violent; impetuous; forcible; mighty; as, a vehement wind; a vehement torrent; a vehement fire or heat. [1913 Webster] 2. Very ardent; very eager or urgent; very fervent; passionate; as, a vehement affection or passion. "Vehement instigation." --Shak. "Vehement desire." --Milton. [1913 Webster] Syn: Furious; violent; raging; impetuous; passionate; ardent; eager; hot; fervid; burning. [1913 Webster]