fervency

noun
fer·​ven·​cy | \ ˈfər-vən(t)-sē How to pronounce fervency (audio) \
plural fervencies

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Examples of fervency in a Sentence

the guest soloist was able to infuse the familiar hymn with a moving fervency
Recent Examples on the Web Three dancers interact with noh musicians and a noh actor in a mediation on peace and prosperity with the calm and fervency of a prayer. Brian Schaefer, New York Times, "Dance in NYC This Week," 12 Oct. 2017 The book is written in a structure fluid enough to move back and forth in time, to shift from first to third person without warning, sometimes breaking into italics as though this febrile text couldn’t contain the fervency of these words. Ron Charles, The Mercury News, "Joyce Carol Oates cuts to both hearts of the abortion debate in ‘Book of American Martyrs’," 6 Mar. 2017 The book is written in a structure fluid enough to move back and forth in time, to shift from first to third person without warning, sometimes breaking into italics as though this febrile text couldn’t contain the fervency of these words. Ron Charles, The Mercury News, "Joyce Carol Oates cuts to both hearts of the abortion debate in ‘Book of American Martyrs’," 6 Mar. 2017 The book is written in a structure fluid enough to move back and forth in time, to shift from first to third person without warning, sometimes breaking into italics as though this febrile text couldn’t contain the fervency of these words. Ron Charles, The Mercury News, "Joyce Carol Oates cuts to both hearts of the abortion debate in ‘Book of American Martyrs’," 6 Mar. 2017 The book is written in a structure fluid enough to move back and forth in time, to shift from first to third person without warning, sometimes breaking into italics as though this febrile text couldn’t contain the fervency of these words. Ron Charles, The Mercury News, "Joyce Carol Oates cuts to both hearts of the abortion debate in ‘Book of American Martyrs’," 6 Mar. 2017 The book is written in a structure fluid enough to move back and forth in time, to shift from first to third person without warning, sometimes breaking into italics as though this febrile text couldn’t contain the fervency of these words. Ron Charles, The Denver Post, "Review: The abortion debate, through a tragic lens, in Joyce Carol Oates’s “A Book of American Martyrs”," 3 Feb. 2017 The prospect of Jones — already a hyperactive pianist — buoyed by Gray's fervency of expression could make for remarkable performances. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Piano wizard Mike Jones takes a break from Vegas," 22 June 2017 Ducournau has tremendous filmmaking chops, most evident in party scenes (there are three) that are rich in fervency but not reliant on woozy camera tricks. Jordan Hoffman, VanityFair.com, "The Cannibal Horror Movie Raw Is Deliciously Real," 9 Mar. 2017

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Fervency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fervency?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=f&file=ferven01. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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