fer·​vent | \ ˈfər-vənt How to pronounce fervent (audio) \

Definition of fervent

1 : very hot : glowing the fervent sun
2 : exhibiting or marked by great intensity of feeling : zealous fervent prayers a fervent proponent fervent patriotism

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Other Words from fervent

fervently adverb

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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

Examples of fervent in a Sentence

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

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Since opening his first shop in London’s Chelsea neighborhood in 1970, the designer’s business has grown into a global brand with more than 300 points of sale worldwide, four women’s collections per year and a fervent fan base. Isaiah Freeman-schub, WSJ, "Manolo Blahnik on His New Men’s Shoe Collection," 16 Jan. 2019 But shares quickly bounced back before falling again when Gary Cohn, the president’s economic adviser and a fervent advocate of free trade, resigned. The Economist, "Markets fret about America’s turn toward protectionism," 8 Mar. 2018 One quality Netanyahu has in common with Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton is a fervent desire for war with Iran, with the explicit goal of overthrowing the Islamic Republic. Jonah Shepp, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Iran Deal Exit Has Raised the Risk of War, Even Faster Than Expected," 11 May 2018 At just £18m, the Frenchman was seen by some as a mere stopgap at Stamford Bridge - a way in which to temporarily appease Antonio Conte's fervent desire for any kind of attacking reinforcement. SI.com, "Why Olivier Giroud Can Be More Than Just a Stopgap at Chelsea," 9 May 2018 Production issues for the less expensive Model 3 -- the key to bringing electric vehicles to the masses -- and the company’s cash burn will be the main issues for Tesla’s fervent believers and detractors to chew on. Bloomberg.com, "Germany's Electric Cars Are Coming for Musk and Tesla," 2 May 2018 For the purposes of architecture, this meant a fervent revival of colonial architecture over the next several decades. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Colonial Revival Design," 19 Nov. 2018 Here the group quickly built a fervent fan base with its lovely harmonies and deftly picked acoustic instrumentation. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "New anthology brings back the music of Uncle Walt's Band," 11 Jan. 2018 Barletta, a fervent Trump supporter who shares his hard-line views on immigration, then took the stage and rattled off a laundry list of Trump's accomplishments. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Trump defends Russia and North Korea meetings, attacks 'overrated' Bob Casey at Pennsylvania rally," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of fervent

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fervent

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin fervent-, fervens, present participle of fervēre to boil, froth — more at barm

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English Language Learners Definition of fervent

: felt very strongly : having or showing very strong feelings


fer·​vent | \ ˈfər-vənt How to pronounce fervent (audio) \

Kids Definition of fervent

: felt very strongly fervent gratitude

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