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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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  • The long delayed, and fervently prayed for time had come at last.

    Robert Moffat David J. Deane
  • "Oh, I trust in heaven that it will be," said Marah, fervently.

    Capitola's Peril Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
  • "I hope it won't," muttered Joe, fervently, and stood watching her till the old man pulled his sleeve.

    Different Girls Various
  • He thanked me most fervently, and said he would bring them to me in a few days.

  • But from an Englishwoman trying to be kittenish,” he fervently added, “good Lord, deliver us all!

    The Prairie Mother Arthur Stringer
British Dictionary definitions for fervently


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 fervently



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.

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