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fervor

[fur-ver]
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noun
  1. great warmth and earnestness of feeling: to speak with great fervor.
  2. intense heat.
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Also especially British, fer·vour.

Origin of fervor

1350–1400; Middle English fervo(u)r < Anglo-French < Latin fervor heat (see fervent, -or1)

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Related Words for fervor

piety, zeal, ardor, seriousness, earnestness, intensity, passion, sincerity, warmth, devoutness, love, solemnity, fire, weakness, jazz, religiousness, vehemence, heat, animation, fervency

Examples from the Web for fervor

Contemporary Examples of fervor

Historical Examples of fervor

  • He loved good horses with all the fervor of his own strong, simple, honest nature.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • His eyes shone, and his face flushed with the fervor of his theme.

  • I had loved the man so eagerly and intensely—with such warmth, fervor, and humility.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • Or was it the natural effect of Divine love, or fervor of devotion in these persons?

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • The fervor of his words touched her, for she felt that they were sincere.

    Tales From Two Hemispheres

    Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen


Word Origin and History for fervor

n.

mid-14c., "warmth or glow of feeling," from Old French fervor (Modern French ferveur) "heat, enthusiasm, ardor, passion," from Latin fervor "a boiling, violent heat; passion, ardor, fury," from fervere "to boil" (see brew).

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