fervent

[ fur-vuhnt ]
/ ˈfɜr vənt /

adjective

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

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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 FROM fervent

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH fervent

fervent , fever, feverish
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British Dictionary definitions for fervent

fervent

fervid (ˈfɜːvɪd)

/ (ˈfɜːvənt) /

adjective

intensely passionate; ardenta fervent desire to change society
archaic, or poetic boiling, burning, or glowingfervent heat

Derived forms of fervent

fervently or fervidly, adverbferventness or fervidness, noun

Word Origin for fervent

C14: from Latin fervēre to boil, glow
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