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[per-fur-vid] /pərˈfɜr vɪd/
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 forms
perfervidity, perfervidness, noun
perfervidly, adverb
perfervor; especially British, perfervour, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for perfervid
Historical Examples
  • And this perfervid and most serious account was in truth very funny.

  • 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
  • The last lines of this perfervid article, give an instructive clue.

    What Germany Thinks Thomas F. A. Smith
  • She hardly expected an answer, but Honora developed a perfervid lucidity.

    The Precipice Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  • But he had the perfervid temper of his race, and he was not twenty-two.

    St George's Cross H. G. Keene
  • The perfervid woman was by this time half in love with a vision.

    Return of the Native Thomas Hardy
  • For lurid and perfervid language commend me to the Australian Tommy.

    Five Months at Anzac Joseph Lievesley Beeston
British Dictionary definitions for perfervid


(literary) extremely ardent, enthusiastic, or zealous
Derived Forms
perfervidly, adverb
perfervidness, noun
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin perfervidus, from Latin per- (intensive) + fervidusfervid
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Word Origin and History for perfervid

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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