fervent

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adjective fer·vent \ˈfər-vənt\

Definition of fervent

  1. 1 :  very hot :  glowing the fervent sun

  2. 2 :  exhibiting or marked by great intensity of feeling :  zealous fervent prayers a fervent proponent fervent patriotism

fervently

adverb

Examples of fervent in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of fervent

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

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

FERVENT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of fervent for English Language Learners

  • : felt very strongly : having or showing very strong feelings


FERVENT Defined for Kids

fervent

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adjective fer·vent \ˈfər-vənt\

Definition of fervent for Students

  1. :  felt very strongly fervent gratitude

fervently

adverb


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