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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