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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Choose the Right Synonym for fervor

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Fast-forward to the late 2000s, when a similar fervor for oils swept the West, and seemingly all at once. New York Times, 10 May 2021 The fervor over 18-Methoxycoronaridine, a relatively new chemical compound that attempts to remove Ibogaine’s psychedelic components, leaving only anti-addictive ones, speaks to Dimitri’s concern. Jonathan Reiss, Rolling Stone, 10 May 2021 The fervor with which her mother had said and believed. Ew Staff, EW.com, 4 May 2021 The fervor for high school football has been a staple in Cartersville. Gene Frenette, USA TODAY, 18 Apr. 2021 There’s universal hope that there’ll be a similar fervor in the U.S. too. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, 18 Mar. 2021 Internal creative fervor and external corporate pressure made for a potent combination. Abraham Riesman, Vulture, 18 Mar. 2021 Like many people in Taiwan, Allen Hsueh has a newfound fervor for pineapple. Joyu Wang, WSJ, 7 Mar. 2021 Disorder in the streets has led residents to rethink the antipolice fervor of last summer. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 21 Apr. 2021

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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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12 Jun 2021

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“Fervor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fervor. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for fervor

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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