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fervid

[fur-vid]
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  1. heated or vehement in spirit, enthusiasm, etc.: a fervid orator.
  2. burning; glowing; intensely hot.
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Origin of fervid

First recorded in 1590–1600, fervid is from the Latin word fervidus boiling. See fervent, -id4
Related formsfer·vid·i·ty, nounfer·vid·ly, adverbnon·fer·vid, adjectivenon·fer·vid·ly, adverbnon·fer·vid·ness, nounun·fer·vid, adjectiveun·fer·vid·ly, adverb
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Related Words

ardentimpassioned

Examples from the Web for fervid

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  • In the morning Henry was aroused by fervid blasphemy that proceeded from the mouth of Bill.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • He has come before the dawn had risen—so fervid is his zeal.

  • It cost him nothing to give a maximum of fervid conviction to the tone of his words.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • It was the fervid outpouring of two natures which had nothing that was spiritual in them.

  • His reason, at times, was sound, for his reason was fervid to the last.


Word Origin and History for fervid

adj.

1590s, from Latin fervidus "glowing, burning; vehement, fervid," from fervere "to boil, glow" (see brew (v.)). Figurative sense of "impassioned" is from 1650s. Related: Fervidly.

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