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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
Did You Know?
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
Latin fervidus, from fervēre
First Known Use: 1599
Synonym Discussion of fervid
FERVID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fervid for English Language Learners
: having or showing feelings that are very strong or too strong
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