fer·​vid ˈfər-vəd How to pronounce fervid (audio)
: very hot : burning
: marked by often extreme fervor (see fervor sense 1)
a fervid crusader
fervid fans
fervidly adverb
fervidness noun

Did you know?

If you’ve ever felt as if your emotions were going to boil over, whether you were overly bubbly or, less happily, you needed to simmer down over something, you should have no trouble understanding the roots of fervid. Fervid comes from the Latin verb fervēre, meaning “to boil” or “to glow,” as well as, by extension, “to seethe” or “to be roused.” In English, this root gave us not only fervid but the similar-sounding and practically synonymous word fervent. 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”). Fervid fans of kimchi or sauerkraut (or fervent followers of anything fermented), may appreciate that fervēre is also the root of ferment.

Choose the Right Synonym for fervid

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

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 the desert
Recent Examples on the Web To that end, Jackson convened with special effects supervisor Scott R. Fisher in Los Angeles and embarked on weeks of fervid experimentation. Hugh Hart, Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec. 2023 The fervid, youthful fandom around Ye and Travis makes their music more ripe to be leaked — and their hyper-attentive supporters remember every morsel along the online trail toward their big releases. Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 4 Aug. 2023 The performance, astutely played, pitted war against peace, fervid music and its luxuriating opposite at the center of so much Russian art. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2023 Parents shouted slogans like these in Glendale, North Hollywood, Temecula and even on the steps of the state Capitol in recent days, fervid in a hate that many in California thought was a thing of the past. Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2023 On the conference circuit, where the goals of the revolution were the subject of fervid debate, Penuma surgeons argued that urologists were at a crossroads. Ava Kofman, ProPublica, 26 June 2023 Even under moderate acceleration, the Sorento’s fervid engine and ginning drivetrain often broke through to the aural foreground; road noise and associated energies from the suspension went notably undamped. Dan Neil, WSJ, 16 Dec. 2020 Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum are all affiliated with fervid subsets of evangelical Christianity, which has raised concerns about their respect for the separation of church and state, not to mention the separation of fact and fiction. The Intersection, Discover Magazine, 25 Aug. 2011 In the area surrounding Starbase — SpaceX’s name for the Starship development site that lies on Texas’ southernmost tip — many locals have greeted the rocket with fervid enthusiasm. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 20 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


Latin fervidus, from fervēre

First Known Use

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fervid was in 1599


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“Fervid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fervid. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


fer·​vid ˈfər-vəd How to pronounce fervid (audio)
: filled with passion or eagerness
fervidly adverb
fervidness noun

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