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
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.
Origin and Etymology of fervor
Middle English fervour, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French fervur, from Latin fervor, from fervēre —see fervent
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of fervor
FERVOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fervor for English Language Learners
: a strong feeling of excitement and enthusiasm
FERVOR Defined for Kids
Definition of fervor for Students
: strong feeling or expression patriotic fervor
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