fervor

noun
fer·​vor | \ˈfər-vər \

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 idea that one’s beliefs can be transformed through indoctrination dates back to the Mao Zedong era, when self-criticisms and public humiliation were routinely employed to stir up ideological fervor. Yanan Wang, The Seattle Times, "China says interning Muslims brings them into ‘modern’ world," 16 Oct. 2018 In a burst of patriotic fervor, the locals dreamed up an ambitious forestry project of their own. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Italian Pine Forest Is Shaped Exactly Like...Italy," 1 Oct. 2018 Interest in the cuisines of refugees, here and in Europe, amounts to something of a culinary fervor. Grant Cornett, Vogue, "The Rise of Refugee Cuisine—a Food-World Trend to Feel Good About," 17 Aug. 2018 In the sleep economy, products are developed with scientific fervor, materials are upscale, and the technology is sophisticated, slick, and supposedly effective. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Getting a good night’s sleep is a luxury — and can come at a high price.," 9 Oct. 2018 In other words, two people pursuing what may be a fantasy, and an expensive one, with ever more obsessive fervor. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Private Life’ Review: A Couple in Creative Crisis," 4 Oct. 2018 Its conservative op-ed writers seem to rip him with as much fervor as the liberal ones. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Olive branch crumbles: Trump vs. NY Times publisher," 31 July 2018 In the last movement, Bell and CSO principal cellist John Sharp dovetailed each other’s phrases with comparable fervor. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "CSO at Ravinia review: Marin Alsop poetically launches Bernstein tribute," 13 July 2018 In an instant, the venue was filled with fans ruffled with drunken fervor. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Loving dinosaurs and Noel Gallagher," 28 Feb. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of fervor

: strong feeling or expression patriotic fervor

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