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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)

Synonyms

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1. ardor, passion, zeal.
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Examples from the Web for fervour

Historical Examples

  • It was one which we all ought to form if the fervour of our passions will permit us.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • He had worked himself into quite a religious glow and fervour.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • The first dawning of genuine love—the fervour of adoration, all were fled.

    Gomez Arias

    Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso

  • Words gush forth from him in a fervour of gratitude for the pleasures of the eye.

    Mountain Meditations

    L. Lind-af-Hageby

  • Even from his own mother did he conceal the fervour of his love for Mary.


British Dictionary definitions for fervour

fervour

US fervor

noun
  1. great intensity of feeling or belief; ardour; zeal
  2. rare intense heat
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Word Origin

C14: from Latin fervor heat, from fervēre to glow, boil
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Word Origin and History for fervour

n.

chiefly British English spelling of fervor (q.v.); for spelling, see -or.

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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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