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Examples of fervid in a Sentence
at the school board meeting the librarian delivered a fervid speech defending the classic novel against would-be censors
the fervid sands of Arabia, where T.E. Lawrence staked his claim to military glory
Recent Examples of fervid from the Web
From the Sparkle Lounge proves the band still had plenty of gas left even after three decades, launching with a compelling lead hook and holding tight with an incredible rhythm section and fervid guitars.
The third of Hannibal’s wins, at the Battle of Cannae in 216 B.C., was among the most devastating military blows ever struck; perhaps 50,000 Romans were killed in a few hours of fervid fighting.
Hoping investors will respond as ecstatically as the fervid fitness enthusiasts who typically shell out $34 for its 45-minute spin classes, SoulCycle filed for an initial public offering yesterday.
Big problem with the theory: Earhart was a fervid pacifist who despised war after working in a military hospital during World War I.) Amelia Earhart at Miami before takeoff on round-world flight.
Remember when there was a fervid debate heading into the 2015 draft: Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota?
Her primary contribution to trends in domestic products is the homemade Personal Utility Drone — or PUD — a clunky home-missile unlikely to get off the ground except in the artist’s fervid imagination.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday made an overture to some of his most fervid critics by inviting dozens of civil-rights leaders to a hate-crimes summit and emphasizing his support for prosecuting anti-transgender and anti-Muslim crime.
The possibility of a rich, ambiguous, fervid response to love or the chance of love is over.
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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
First Known Use: 1599See Words from the same year
Synonymsardent, blazing, burning, charged, demonstrative, emotional, fervent, feverish, fiery, flaming, glowing, hot-blooded, impassioned, incandescent, intense, passional, passionate, perfervid, red-hot, religious, superheated, torrid, vehement, warm, warm-blooded
Antonymscold, cool, dispassionate, emotionless, impassive, unemotional
Related Wordsgushing, gushy, maudlin, mawkish, mushy, saccharine, sappy, schmaltzy, sentimental, sloppy, sugary; histrionic, melodramatic; enthusiastic, gung ho, keen, zealous; enamored, infatuated, obsessed; uninhibited, unreserved, unrestrained; frenzied, orgiastic, overemotional, overexcited, overheated
Near Antonymsdetached, dry, impersonal, objective; reserved, undemonstrative
Synonym Discussion of fervid
- an impassioned plea for justice
- a passionate denunciation
- an ardent supporter of human rights
- fervent good wishes
- fervid love letters
- perfervid expressions of patriotism
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