great warmth and earnestness of feeling: to speak with great fervor.
intense heat.

Nearby words

  1. fervent,
  2. fervently,
  3. fervid,
  4. fervidly,
  5. fervidor,
  6. fervour,
  7. fescennine,
  8. fescue,
  9. fescue foot,
  10. fess

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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Word Origin and History for fervor



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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