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perfervid

[per-fur-vid]
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  1. very fervent; extremely ardent; impassioned: perfervid patriotism.

Origin of perfervid

From the New Latin word perfervidus, dating back to 1855–60. See per-, fervid
Related formsper·fer·vid·i·ty, per·fer·vid·ness, nounper·fer·vid·ly, adverbper·fer·vor; especially British, per·fer·vour, noun
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Examples from the Web for perfervid

Historical Examples

  • And this perfervid and most serious account was in truth very funny.

    In the Mist of the Mountains

    Ethel Turner

  • A man proposes to you as if he were asking you for the sixth waltz, only his manner is perfervid.

  • I have a perfervid appreciation of those things in other persons.

    I, Mary MacLane

    Mary MacLane

  • But this perfervid disputant was not always out of key with his audience.

    Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Welsh—the courage of perfervid emotion, religious in its intensity.

    The Irish on the Somme

    Michael MacDonagh


British Dictionary definitions for perfervid

perfervid

adjective
  1. literary extremely ardent, enthusiastic, or zealous
Derived Formsperfervidly, adverbperfervidness, noun

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin perfervidus, from Latin per- (intensive) + fervidus fervid
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Word Origin and History for perfervid

adj.

1830, as if from Latin *perfervidus, from per- "completely" (see per) + fervidus (see fervid). Related: Perfervidly.

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