fervent

[fur-vuhnt]

adjective

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

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fervent

fervid (ˈfɜːvɪd)

adjective

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 fervently

fervent

adj.

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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