noun fer·vor \ˈfər-vər\

: a strong feeling of excitement and enthusiasm

Full Definition of FERVOR

:  intensity of feeling or expression <booing and cheering with almost equal fervor — Alan Rich>
:  intense heat

Examples of FERVOR

  1. The fervor surrounding her campaign continued right through election day.
  2. The novel captures the revolutionary fervor of the period.
  3. As Nina has grown more observant, Andras has become distanced from her. Her religious fervor doesn't interest him. Coming to tradition late, Nina has all the pedantry of an autodidact. Her strivings seem inauthentic to Andras, and not at all spiritual. —Allegra Goodman, Kaaterskill Falls, 1998

Origin of FERVOR

Middle English fervour, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French fervur, from Latin fervor, from fervēre (see fervent)
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of FERVOR

passion, fervor, ardor, enthusiasm, zeal mean intense emotion compelling action. passion applies to an emotion that is deeply stirring or ungovernable <was a slave to his passions>. fervor implies a warm and steady emotion <read the poem aloud with great fervor>. ardor suggests warm and excited feeling likely to be fitful or short-lived <the ardor of their honeymoon soon faded>. enthusiasm applies to lively or eager interest in or admiration for a proposal, cause, or activity <never showed much enthusiasm for sports>. zeal implies energetic and unflagging pursuit of an aim or devotion to a cause <preaches with fanatical zeal>.

Rhymes with FERVOR

FERVOR Defined for Kids


noun fer·vor \ˈfər-vər\

Definition of FERVOR for Kids

:  strong feeling or expression <patriotic fervor>


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