[ fur-vuhnt ]
/ ˈfɜr vənt /


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 forms

Can be confused

fervent fever feverish
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fervid (ˈfɜːvɪd)

/ (ˈfɜːvənt) /


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

Derived Forms

fervently or fervidly, adverbferventness or fervidness, noun

Word Origin for fervent

C14: from Latin fervēre to boil, glow
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