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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 Four decades later, the principles of supply-side economics remain deeply controversial, attracting fervid disciples as well as critics. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Robert Mundell, Nobel-winning economist and architect of Reaganomics, dies at 88," 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, "Astor Piazzolla, Titan of Nuevo Tango," 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, "South Carolina Republicans Face a Trump-Fuelled Schism," 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, "Photos teem with energy and athletes at Abigail Ogilvy Gallery," 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, "L.A.’s first lady, Amy Wakeland, navigates shifting political fortunes in final Garcetti years," 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, "How Sheldon Adelson’s Death Could Affect the G.O.P.’s Future," 12 Jan. 2021 There is here a strain of fervid and sometimes apocalyptic Christianity. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The White Ghetto," 17 Nov. 2020 Junior’s various social media feeds are hugely influential and widely followed, defined by a hectoring and ultra-fervid tone that’s pure Trump, right down to his idiosyncratic punctuation and bizarre capitalization choices. David Roth, The New Republic, "How Don Jr. Became the Future of Trumpism," 27 Oct. 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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12 Apr 2021

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“Fervid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fervid. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fervid

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

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