[ fur-vuhnt ]
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  1. having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm, etc.; ardent: a fervent admirer; a fervent plea.

  2. hot; burning; glowing.

Origin of fervent

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Anglo-French or directly from Latin fervent- (stem of fervēns ) present participle of fervēre “to boil”; see -ent

Other words for fervent

Other words from fervent

  • fer·vent·ly, adverb
  • fer·vent·ness, noun
  • non·fer·vent, adjective
  • non·fer·vent·ness, noun
  • o·ver·fer·vent, adjective
  • o·ver·fer·vent·ness, noun
  • su·per·fer·vent, adjective
  • un·fer·vent, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for fervent


fervid (ˈfɜːvɪd)

/ (ˈfɜːvənt) /

  1. intensely passionate; ardent: a fervent desire to change society

  2. archaic, or poetic boiling, burning, or glowing: fervent heat

Origin of fervent

C14: from Latin fervēre to boil, glow

Derived forms of fervent

  • fervently or fervidly, adverb
  • ferventness or fervidness, noun

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