noun fer·vor \ ˈfər-vər \
|Updated on: 13 Aug 2018

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

  1. 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 GoodmanKaaterskill Falls1998
  2. 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 KimmelmanNew York Times Book Review12 Aug. 1990
  3. 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 ShreveNew York Times Magazine6 July 1986
  4. Reciting, her voice took on resonance and firmness, it rang with the old fervor, with ferocity even. —Eudora WeltyOne Writer's Beginnings1983
  5. The fervor surrounding her campaign continued right through election day.

  6. The novel captures the revolutionary fervor of the period.

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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

Synonym Discussion of fervor

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

FERVOR Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of fervor for English Language Learners

  • : a strong feeling of excitement and enthusiasm

FERVOR Defined for Kids


noun fer·vor \ ˈfər-vər \

Definition of fervor for Students

: strong feeling or expression patriotic fervor

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