adjective fer·vent \ˈfər-vənt\

: felt very strongly : having or showing very strong feelings

Full Definition of FERVENT

:  very hot :  glowing
:  exhibiting or marked by great intensity of feeling :  zealous <fervent prayers>
fer·vent·ly adverb

Examples of FERVENT

  1. <a fervent speech that called for tolerance and compassion for those who are different>
  2. <in the thick, fervent air of a tropical afternoon, a languor set in>

Origin of FERVENT

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin fervent-, fervens, present participle of fervēre to boil, froth — more at barm
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of FERVENT

impassioned, passionate, ardent, fervent, fervid, perfervid mean showing intense feeling. impassioned implies warmth and intensity without violence and suggests fluent verbal expression <an impassioned plea for justice>. passionate implies great vehemence and often violence and wasteful diffusion of emotion <a passionate denunciation>. ardent implies an intense degree of zeal, devotion, or enthusiasm <an ardent supporter of human rights>. fervent stresses sincerity and steadiness of emotional warmth or zeal <fervent good wishes>. fervid suggests warmly and spontaneously and often feverishly expressed emotion <fervid love letters>. perfervid implies the expression of exaggerated or overwrought feelings <perfervid expressions of patriotism>.

Rhymes with FERVENT

FERVENT Defined for Kids


adjective fer·vent \ˈfər-vənt\

Definition of FERVENT for Kids

:  felt very strongly <fervent gratitude>
fer·vent·ly adverb


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