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fervor

[fur-ver]
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noun
  1. great warmth and earnestness of feeling: to speak with great fervor.
  2. intense heat.
Also especially British, fer·vour.

Origin of fervor

1350–1400; Middle English fervo(u)r < Anglo-French < Latin fervor heat (see fervent, -or1)

Synonyms

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1. ardor, passion, zeal.
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Examples from the Web for fervor

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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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