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[fur-ver] /ˈfɜr vər/
great warmth and earnestness of feeling:
to speak with great fervor.
intense heat.
Also, especially British, fervour.
Origin of fervor
1350-1400; Middle English fervo(u)r < Anglo-French < Latin fervor heat (see fervent, -or1)
1. ardor, passion, zeal. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for fervour
Historical Examples
  • It was one which we all ought to form if the fervour of our passions will permit us.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He had worked himself into quite a religious glow and fervour.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • The first dawning of genuine love—the fervour of adoration, all were fled.

    Gomez Arias Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
  • Words gush forth from him in a fervour of gratitude for the pleasures of the eye.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • Even from his own mother did he conceal the fervour of his love for Mary.

  • "And so do I, in all faith," replied Sakr-el-Bahr, with fervour.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • It did no harm, nor did the fervour of the other side do good.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • She took his right hand and kissed it with every appearance of fervour.

    The Island Mystery George A. Birmingham
  • They have no doctrine to teach, no fervour to communicate, they do not even tell any stories.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies
  • But my fervour gradually weakened, and I fell insensibly into a reverie.

    Clarimonde Thophile Gautier
British Dictionary definitions for fervour


great intensity of feeling or belief; ardour; zeal
(rare) intense heat
Word Origin
C14: from Latin fervor heat, from fervēre to glow, boil
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Word Origin and History for fervour

chiefly British English spelling of fervor (q.v.); for spelling, see -or.



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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