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  1. very fervent; extremely ardent; impassioned: perfervid patriotism.
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Origin of perfervid

From the New Latin word perfervidus, dating back to 1855–60. See per-, fervid
Related formsper·fer·vid·i·ty, per·fer·vid·ness, nounper·fer·vid·ly, adverbper·fer·vor; especially British, per·fer·vour, noun
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Related Words for perfervid

amorous, ardent, blazing, burning, concupiscent, desirous, dithyrambic, erotic, fervent, fervid, fiery, flaming, glowing, heated, heavy, hot, hot-blooded, impassioned, lascivious, libidinous

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Historical Examples of perfervid

  • And this perfervid and most serious account was in truth very funny.

    In the Mist of the Mountains

    Ethel Turner

  • A man proposes to you as if he were asking you for the sixth waltz, only his manner is perfervid.

  • I have a perfervid appreciation of those things in other persons.

    I, Mary MacLane

    Mary MacLane

  • But this perfervid disputant was not always out of key with his audience.

    Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Welsh—the courage of perfervid emotion, religious in its intensity.

    The Irish on the Somme

    Michael MacDonagh

British Dictionary definitions for perfervid


  1. literary extremely ardent, enthusiastic, or zealous
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Derived Formsperfervidly, adverbperfervidness, noun

Word Origin for perfervid

C19: from New Latin perfervidus, from Latin per- (intensive) + fervidus fervid
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Word Origin and History for perfervid


1830, as if from Latin *perfervidus, from per- "completely" (see per) + fervidus (see fervid). Related: Perfervidly.

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