fer·​vid | \ ˈfər-vəd How to pronounce fervid (audio) \

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

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At the time, Congress dedicated up to 4% of the federal budget to NASA in a fervid attempt to beat the Soviet Union to the lunar surface. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "NASA wants astronauts to go back to the moon in 2024. Is it possible?," 21 June 2019 But news of the party’s kickoff, announced by the quiet, businesslike Shahbaz Sharif, was swept aside by blanket media coverage and fervid speculation on the court ruling and its probable impact on the Sharif family in the coming election. Pamela Constable, Washington Post, "Pakistan court convicts former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in corruption case," 6 July 2018 That music is fervid enough in its original context, and the idea of turning it into an actual symphony — not just a suite that serves as a compilation of tunes and other thematic material — should be its own form of madness. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "San Francisco Symphony does right by little-known Prokofiev," 4 May 2018 With intricacy and humor, Van der Vliet Oloomi relays Zebra’s brainy, benighted struggles as a tragicomic picaresque whose fervid logic and cerebral whimsy recall the work of Bolaño and Borges. Liesl Schillinger, New York Times, "Brainy and Benighted, Lost in the Books of Bolaño and Borges," 29 Mar. 2018 But he’s also seen how James Harrison deployed that as a strategy to create a fervid fan base. Ben Baskin, SI.com, "Face of the NFL? Saquon Barkley Has a Plan," 18 Apr. 2018 Presenting Sottssas’s fervid imagination as having been fertilized by centuries of precedents is too simplistic. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "‘Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical’ Review: A Cosmopolitan Creator," 25 July 2017 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. Christa Titus, Billboard, "Def Leppard's 15 Best Songs: Critic's Picks," 27 Oct. 2017 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. James Romm, WSJ, "The Scourge of Rome," 7 July 2017

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

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