fer·​vor | \ ˈfər-vər How to pronounce fervor (audio) \

Definition of fervor

1 : intensity of feeling or expression booing and cheering with almost equal fervor— Alan Rich revolutionary fervor
2 : intense heat

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passion, fervor, ardor, enthusiasm, zeal mean intense emotion compelling action. passion applies to an emotion that is deeply stirring or ungovernable. gave in to his passions fervor implies a warm and steady emotion. read the poem aloud with great fervor ardor suggests warm and excited feeling likely to be fitful or short-lived. the ardor of their honeymoon soon faded enthusiasm applies to lively or eager interest in or admiration for a proposal, cause, or activity. never showed much enthusiasm for sports zeal implies energetic and unflagging pursuit of an aim or devotion to a cause. preaches with fanatical zeal

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, commonly known as the Shakers, were thus named for the shaking which resulted from their religious fervor during worship services. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 18 July 2022 His fervor is driven by the idea that bitcoin solves fundamental problems with the existing system. Corrie Driebusch, WSJ, 18 June 2022 In their chaotic fervor, a few young men shoved me aside, ignoring the camera perched on my shoulder. Josh Owens, CNN, 12 June 2022 But Whitehead said Christian nationalists, who are more numerous among Republicans, can be expected to maintain their fervor. Peter Smith And Deepa Bharath, Anchorage Daily News, 29 May 2022 Anyone can noodle without structure, but Ayler turned his whirlwind fervor into a form in itself. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 26 Apr. 2022 Javi actually seems, beneath his fan-boy fervor and Gucci loafers, like a pretty nice guy. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 15 Apr. 2022 Of course, there is still a thread of comic book fervor at the heart of this convention, and there are usually comic book sellers dotted around the main exhibit hall. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 July 2022 That sort of fervor clearly motivated the voters in the northern part of the state, who lean far more conservative than the cosmopolitan voters of Mace's district. Brittany Shepherd, ABC News, 17 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fervor

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fervor

Middle English fervour, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French fervur, from Latin fervor, from fervēre — see fervent

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“Fervor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fervor. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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fer·​vor | \ ˈfər-vər How to pronounce fervor (audio) \

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: strong feeling or expression patriotic fervor

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