Definition of fervor
1 : intensity of feeling or expression booing and cheering with almost equal fervor — Alan Rich revolutionary fervor
2 : intense heat
Examples of fervor in a Sentence
As Nina has grown more observant, Andras has become distanced from her. Her religious fervor doesn't interest him. Coming to tradition late, Nina has all the pedantry of an autodidact. Her strivings seem inauthentic to Andras, and not at all spiritual. —Allegra Goodman, Kaaterskill Falls, 1998
Certainly being the son of a pastor had contributed to Vincent's religiosity, but in time even his father was disturbed by the growing intensity of his son's fervor. —Michael Kimmelman, New York Times Book Review, 12 Aug. 1990
In her renewed fervor, Norma fears that the past decade has turned women inward, away from one another, and away, too, from the notion that solidarity among women is ultimately a source of personal strength. —Anita Shreve, New York Times Magazine, 6 July 1986
Reciting, her voice took on resonance and firmness, it rang with the old fervor, with ferocity even. —Eudora Welty, One Writer's Beginnings, 1983
The fervor surrounding her campaign continued right through election day.
The novel captures the revolutionary fervor of the period.
Recent Examples of fervor from the Web
From the military's determined recruitment of IT specialists to the patriotic fervor of hackers in their bedrooms, the age of what Shoigu likes to call 'information warfare forces' is here to stay.
Republicans seized the Senate and House by electing candidates driven by differing emphases: tea party ardor, pro-business tax-cutting fervor or culturally conservative social views.
Throughout the West, a wave of anti-establishment fervor was rising, and Germany had become the alliance’s stalwart.
Marooned at sea, the plan seems to be to just ride the anti-Trump fervor wave all the way back into shore.
In 2016, the festival presented upcoming dancehall star Dexta Daps, Bob Marley's youngest son Damian, U.S. Virgin Island pop hit makers R. City, Trinidad's Kes The Band, and rapper 50 Cent, all received with equal fervor.
Hearty yet shadowy, fanfarelike orchestral bursts alternated with his wistful playing of ruminative passages for violin, rich with Slavic fervor and plaintive lyricism.
The arguments echo the kind of anti-establishment fervor that supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders displayed last year.
A sea gull or two will swoop over the bronze statue of writer Jack London frozen in oratorical fervor.
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Origin and Etymology of fervor
Middle English fervour, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French fervur, from Latin fervor, from fervēre —see fervent
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of fervor
FERVOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fervor for English Language Learners
: a strong feeling of excitement and enthusiasm
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Definition of fervor for Students
: strong feeling or expression patriotic fervor
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