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fervor

[fur-ver] /ˈfɜr vər/
noun
1.
great warmth and earnestness of feeling:
to speak with great fervor.
2.
intense heat.
Also, especially British, fervour.
Origin of fervor
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English fervo(u)r < Anglo-French < Latin fervor heat (see fervent, -or1)
Synonyms
1. ardor, passion, zeal.
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  • He loved good horses with all the fervor of his own strong, simple, honest nature.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • His eyes shone, and his face flushed with the fervor of his theme.

  • I had loved the man so eagerly and intensely—with such warmth, fervor, and humility.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • Or was it the natural effect of Divine love, or fervor of devotion in these persons?

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • The fervor of his words touched her, for she felt that they were sincere.

    Tales From Two Hemispheres Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen
Word Origin and History for fervor
n.

mid-14c., "warmth or glow of feeling," from Old French fervor (Modern French ferveur) "heat, enthusiasm, ardor, passion," from Latin fervor "a boiling, violent heat; passion, ardor, fury," from fervere "to boil" (see brew).

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