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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 But Milburn puts an original spin on the familiar beats of the backwoods shock genre thanks to his hallucinatory storytelling, John Mehrmann’s unnerving score and Spielberg’s fervid performance. Erik Piepenburg, New York Times, 30 Apr. 2021 Four decades later, the principles of supply-side economics remain deeply controversial, attracting fervid disciples as well as critics. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2021 In Argentina, these alterations engendered fervid, prolonged opposition; an outraged traditionalist once hurled gasoline at Piazzolla’s band in an attempt to set it on fire. Barbara Jepson, WSJ, 6 Mar. 2021 And yet, in purple counties like Charleston, the pugilistic, base-pleasing politics of Trump and his most fervid supporters are alienating moderate Republicans and independents, and threatening the prospects of other G.O.P. candidates. Peter Slevin, The New Yorker, 4 Mar. 2021 But Cass’s photographs brimming with players are just as delightfully unsettling — fervid and chaotic, yet contained within the graceful restraints of the game and the field. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Feb. 2021 Then, Black Lives Matter Los Angeles brought its fervid opposition to Garcetti’s front door, protesting his possible appointment to a Cabinet position under President Biden. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 7 Feb. 2021 In Israel, people active in causes the Adelsons have aided said that Ms. Adelson was even more fervid in her views than her husband. New York Times, 12 Jan. 2021 There is here a strain of fervid and sometimes apocalyptic Christianity. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 17 Nov. 2020

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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 20 Sep. 2021.

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

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