fer·vor | \ˈfər-vər \

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. was a slave 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.
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Those who believe otherwise need to communicate an alternative explanation and recognize that anti-immigrant fervor reflects cultural as well as economic divides. Joan C. Williams, WSJ, "The Elites Feed Anti-Immigrant Bias," 9 July 2018 Her new book, published Tuesday by Harper, argues that terrorism, sectarian conflicts, anti-immigrant fervor and the manipulation of social media are contributing to a rise in fascism and an erosion of democracy around the globe. Susan Page, USA TODAY, "Trump needs to think more broadly on Syria strategy, Madeleine Albright warns," 10 Apr. 2018 Entrenched conservative values will clash this year with a liberal fervor that often plays out at the local level, in grinding, unglamorous work. Susan Chira, New York Times, "Year of the Woman? In Arizona, It’s Women, Plural, and It’s Both Parties," 9 Apr. 2018 Trump and his allies, meanwhile, invested tremendous time and resources in the seat, mindful the contest could be used to measure Trump's lasting appeal among white, working-class voters and Democrats' anti-Trump fervor. Fox News, "GOP considers recount, lawsuit in special House race in Pa.," 15 Mar. 2018 Hopefully, the ruling will deter California’s politicians from continuing to trample on constitutional rights in their self-righteous fervor to impose their versions of political correctness on the state’s residents. Dan Walters, SFChronicle.com, "Supreme Court voids California law, upholds free speech," 27 June 2018 DeVos, who was an education activist before being tapped as the nation’s top education official, is an ardent voucher proponent and has donated millions of dollars to candidates who share her fervor for vouchers. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "Study: Students in only federally funded voucher program perform worse on math," 30 May 2018 Nearly 70% of them voted for President Donald Trump in 2016, impelled by his populist fervor and his promise to restore greatness to these left-behind American hinterlands. Time, "Democrats Eye an Upset in Pennsylvania's Special Election," 13 Mar. 2018 Corden also shared his fervor in an interview with USA TODAY. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Paul McCartney makes James Corden cry during emotional 'Carpool Karaoke'," 22 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of fervor

: a strong feeling of excitement and enthusiasm


fer·vor | \ˈfər-vər \

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: strong feeling or expression patriotic fervor

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