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Definition of fervid

1 : very hot : burning
2 : marked by often extreme fervor (see fervor sense 1) a fervid crusader fervid fans

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Other Words from fervid

fervidly adverb
fervidness noun

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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

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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."

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 on the Web The mood in Minneapolis had shifted from one of fervid insurrection to fatigue—a kind of dazed astonishment at all that had happened, and tentative uncertainty about what to do now. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "The Heart of the Uprising in Minneapolis," 15 June 2020 Its attraction of gravity, the grip on its creatures maintained through its fervid bowels, its harmonious motion weakened. Ed Park, The New York Review of Books, "Like No One They’d Ever Seen," 8 Apr. 2020 Kitchens would be wise to dial up a few vertical passes on 1st-and-10, when the defense is inherently most predictable and its pass rush less fervid. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "How Kellen Moore’s Offense Potentially Shifts the Dak Prescott Conversation," 25 Sep. 2019 Already, the fervid crusade to contain the epidemic refocused a White House meeting centered on high drug prices onto the industry’s ostensibly more commendable work to develop vaccines and therapies that target the virus. Nicholas Florko, STAT, "The coronavirus could help pharma reset its reputation in Washington," 3 Mar. 2020 The goal isn’t to turn Murray into Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who gives fervid speeches to teammates on the field before games. Kent Somers, azcentral, "For now, Kyler Murray can be Arizona Cardinals' quiet leader," 29 Nov. 2019 Cain’s story elicited a wave of public support and fervid criticism of Salazar and Nike. oregonlive, "Amid Cain allegations, Kara Goucher slams Nike investigating itself," 16 Nov. 2019 In the mid-70s he and Kenny Davern — also a clarinetist and soprano saxophonist — formed Soprano Summit, an all-star combo whose fervid renditions of old repertoire made it a favorite among fans of traditional jazz. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "Bob Wilber, Champion of Jazz’s Legacy, Is Dead at 91," 9 Aug. 2019 That continues in 2019, as fervid boundary corner Xavier Rhodes regains his form after an injury-riddled ’18 campaign, while second-year corner Mike Hughes, despite coming off an ACL injury, steals playing time from solid No. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Vikings' Offense and Defense Look Ready to Rebound in 2019," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of fervid

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fervid

Latin fervidus, from fervēre

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“Fervid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fervid. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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somewhat formal : having or showing feelings that are very strong or too strong

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