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