having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm, etc.; ardent: a fervent admirer; a fervent plea.
hot; burning; glowing.

Origin of fervent

1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin fervent- (stem of fervēns) present participle of fervēre to boil; see -ent
Related formsfer·vent·ly, adverbfer·vent·ness, nounnon·fer·vent, adjectivenon·fer·vent·ly, adverbnon·fer·vent·ness, nouno·ver·fer·vent, adjectiveo·ver·fer·vent·ly, adverbo·ver·fer·vent·ness, nounsu·per·fer·vent, adjectivesu·per·fer·vent·ly, adverbun·fer·vent, adjectiveun·fer·vent·ly, adverb
Can be confusedfervent fever feverish

Synonyms for fervent

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Contemporary Examples of fervent

Historical Examples of fervent

  • Her prayers were not so fervent, her aspirations not so strong.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Perhaps "love" is left to the fervent vocabulary of the lover.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • She was "diligent in business," but this did not preclude her being "fervent in spirit."

  • Does she suspect that your fervent friendship may lead you to a small indiscretion?

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • "I think there's nothin' to equal 'em," was the fervent answer.

British Dictionary definitions for fervent


fervid (ˈfɜːvɪd)


intensely passionate; ardenta fervent desire to change society
archaic, or poetic boiling, burning, or glowingfervent heat
Derived Formsfervently or fervidly, adverbferventness or fervidness, noun

Word Origin for fervent

C14: from Latin fervēre to boil, glow
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Word Origin and History for fervent

mid-14c., from Old French fervent, from Latin ferventem (nominative fervens) "boiling, hot, glowing," figuratively "violent, impetuous, furious," present participle of fervere "to boil, glow," from PIE root *bhreue- (see brew). The figurative sense of "impassioned" is first attested c.1400. Related: Fervency; fervently.

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