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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Definitions for fervent

  1. having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm, etc.; ardent: a fervent admirer; a fervent plea.
  2. hot; burning; glowing.

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Citations for fervent
The laird Glenross sunk on his knees by the side of the bed, on which she lay extended in death; his hands were clasped, his eyes closed, and his head bent downwards; the whisperings of a fervent devotion burst from his lips. Francis Lathom, The Mysterious Freebooter; or, The Days of Queen Bess, 1806
He had heard Miss Ophelia speak often of a cough, that all her medicaments could not cure; and even now that fervent cheek and little hand were burning with hectic fever; and yet the thought that Eva's words suggested had never come to him til now. Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, 1852
Origin of fervent
Fervent first entered English in the 1300s and ultimately comes from the Latin fervēre meaning "to boil."