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. 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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Recent Examples on the Web Many view the fervor to transform the police as a logical extension of Black Lives Matter, and activists are ramping up pressure to lacerate police budgets further, or disband departments altogether. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "The future of Bay Area policing is coming into focus as cities and agencies slash budgets and redirect money," 1 July 2020 The Cultural Revolution, launched by Mao to re-inject proletarian Communist fervor into his flagging national project, sent tens of millions of young zealots onto China’s streets. Washington Post, "Li Zhensheng, photographer who captured trauma of Cultural Revolution, dies at 80," 26 June 2020 With hallucinatory fervor, Dylan spangles himself in totems of Western culture while reveling in decline and futility. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "It’s a Good Moment for Bob Dylan’s Pessimism," 19 June 2020 These two have never played and there wasn’t exactly a fervor to see the battle of UAs. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Ranking the 11 Alabama home-and-home series of the future," 18 June 2020 The post-revolutionary government commissioned the creation of murals in order to inspire nationalistic fervor. Giulia L. Heyward, The New Republic, "The Righteous Power of the George Floyd Mural," 15 June 2020 Longtime economic disparities like these are one of the many underlying reasons the protests have taken hold with such fervor across the country. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, "The economy is starting to recover, but it’s leaving black women behind," 8 June 2020 And that reflex is rewarded in the fervor of his base. Brian Bennett, Time, "Trump's Divisive Instincts Helped Him Win the White House. Where Will They Take America Now?," 31 May 2020 The decade’s subversive spirit had come on with too much fervor. John Semley, The New Republic, "Have a Good Trip Demystifies Psychedelics," 13 May 2020

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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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The first known use of fervor was in the 14th century

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“Fervor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fervor. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fervor

: a strong feeling of excitement and enthusiasm


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

Kids Definition of fervor

: strong feeling or expression patriotic fervor

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