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

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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."

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

Example Sentences

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 As for the attack on Paul Pelosi, the assailant was a fervid, frothing-at-the-mouth MAGA adherent, a believer in every wacky conspiracy that conservatives are peddling these days. Teresa M. Hanafin, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Oct. 2022 In our era of fervid careerism and content creation, this seems almost like a form of madness. Chris Wiley, The New Yorker, 2 Oct. 2022 When a person like Fuller channels the zeitgeist, especially one as new and fervid as the twentieth-century American affection for science, technology, and engineering, the effects can be unpredictable. Rebecca Onion, The New Republic, 19 Aug. 2022 The mysterious photo garnered scores of fervid reactions from fans, some of whom have likened his appearance to that of Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen in the Twilight series. Kyle Denis, Billboard, 11 Aug. 2022 Euphoria's resident brute spoke to GQ about his fervid role preparation process in a cover interview published Monday, admitting that his approach to portraying The Kissing Booth heartthrob Noah Flynn might have veered into the absurd. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 8 Aug. 2022 In stadium negotiations, fervid decades-long support for the Bills throughout Western New York strengthened the team’s hand. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Apr. 2022 The fervid speculation over what Rolex would announce at Watches & Wonders—now an annual ritual amongst the global watch community—is finally at an end. Nick Scott, Robb Report, 30 Mar. 2022 Kazantzakis, however, was fervid in his anti-imperialist beliefs, a conviction that prevented him from speaking out against – or perhaps even recognizing – the growing menace of fascism that in the 1930s was sweeping across the globe. Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 19 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History


Latin fervidus, from fervēre

First Known Use

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 26 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



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

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