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[fur-vuh nt] /ˈfɜr vənt/
having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm, etc.; ardent:
a fervent admirer; a fervent plea.
hot; burning; glowing.
Origin of fervent
1350-1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin fervent- (stem of fervēns) present participle of fervēre to boil; see -ent
Related forms
fervently, adverb
ferventness, noun
nonfervent, adjective
nonfervently, adverb
nonferventness, noun
overfervent, adjective
overfervently, adverb
overferventness, noun
superfervent, adjective
superfervently, adverb
unfervent, adjective
unfervently, adverb
Can be confused
fervent, fever, feverish.
1. fervid, impassioned, passionate. Unabridged
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  • Her prayers were not so fervent, her aspirations not so strong.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Perhaps "love" is left to the fervent vocabulary of the lover.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • She was "diligent in business," but this did not preclude her being "fervent in spirit."

  • Does she suspect that your fervent friendship may lead you to a small indiscretion?

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • "I think there's nothin' to equal 'em," was the fervent answer.

    The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys Gulielma Zollinger
British Dictionary definitions for fervent


intensely passionate; ardent: a fervent desire to change society
(archaic or poetic) boiling, burning, or glowing: fervent heat
Derived Forms
fervently, fervidly, adverb
ferventness, fervidness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin fervēre to boil, glow
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Word Origin and History for fervent

mid-14c., from Old French fervent, from Latin ferventem (nominative fervens) "boiling, hot, glowing," figuratively "violent, impetuous, furious," present participle of fervere "to boil, glow," from PIE root *bhreue- (see brew). The figurative sense of "impassioned" is first attested c.1400. Related: Fervency; fervently.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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