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fervid

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adjective fer·vid \ˈfər-vəd\

Simple Definition of fervid

  • : having or showing feelings that are very strong or too strong

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fervid

  1. 1 :  very hot :  burning

  2. 2 :  marked by often extreme fervor <a fervid crusader>

fervidly

adverb

fervidness

noun

Examples of fervid in a sentence

  1. <at the school board meeting the librarian delivered a fervid speech defending the classic novel against would-be censors>

  2. <the fervid sands of Arabia, where T.E. Lawrence staked his claim to military glory>



Did You Know?

The Latin verb fervēre can mean "to boil" or "to glow," as well as, by extension, "to seethe" or "to be roused." In English, this root gives us three words that can mean "impassioned" by varying degrees: "fervid," "fervent," and "perfervid." "Fervid" and "fervent" are practically synonymous, but while "fervid" usually suggests warm emotion that is expressed in a spontaneous or feverish manner (as in "fervid basketball fans"), "fervent" is reserved for a kind of emotional warmth that is steady and sincere (as in "a fervent belief in human kindness"). "Perfervid" combines "fervid" with the Latin prefix per- ("thoroughly") to create a word meaning "marked by overwrought or exaggerated emotion," as in "a perfervid display of patriotism."

Origin and Etymology of fervid

Latin fervidus, from fervēre


First Known Use: 1599

Synonym Discussion of fervid

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>.


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