fervor

noun
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. 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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The linden, in the fervors of July, hums with a louder concert. courant.com, "Sunday’s forecast: seek out some shade," 14 July 2019 Her activism coincided with a period of anti-immigrant fervor that continues today in the immigrant detention and humanitarian crisis. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Every day in America, Dreamers wait for their DACA rulings," 11 July 2019 This coming from someone who recaps The Bachelor with the fervor of a sports analyst and watches literally every show on Bravo. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Here’s How Much the Love Island Cast Spent on New Clothes for the Villa," 9 July 2019 Amin’s administration governed Uganda with the fervor and energy of a military campaign. Richard Vokes, Quartz Africa, "A recently discovered trove of photos shows life in Uganda during Idi Amin’s troubled reign," 30 June 2019 Amin’s administration governed Uganda with the fervor and energy of a military campaign. Richard Vokes, The Conversation, "Thousands of recently discovered photographs document life in Uganda during Idi Amin’s reign," 25 June 2019 Likewise, Grinnell—if prone to romantic lapses of his own—eschewed the cloying fervor of preservationist John Muir, whose zeal sometimes undercut his own crusades. Andrew R. Graybill, WSJ, "‘Grinnell’ Review: The Western Establishment," 14 June 2019 Instead of seriously grappling with these objections, the letter tries to sweep readers along in sheer patriotic fervor. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "An Open Letter to Patriotic Billionaires," 26 June 2019 Following the stock market crash of 1929, political fervor over the loss of jobs to imports led to the passage of the disastrous Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930. Bill George, Fortune, "Why the Era of Free Trade May Be Coming to an End," 25 June 2019

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fervor

: a strong feeling of excitement and enthusiasm

fervor

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

Kids Definition of fervor

: strong feeling or expression patriotic fervor

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