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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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 Their bird fervor often yields entertaining readings, including what must be the sentence of the decade: There’s a dickcissel down by the sewage pond! National Geographic, "See the Full Archive," 21 Apr. 2020 Trust San Antonio to channel its Fiesta fervor while working from home, too. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "Fiesta in April is not dead as San Antonians are now Fiesta-ing from home," 21 Apr. 2020 The intensity and fervor of the subjects is obvious, but not their object. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, "Honk Twice for Hallelujah: What Church Looks Like in the Parking Lot," 18 Apr. 2020 When Mardi Gras comes around every year, our fervor for all things Louisiana tends to be at an all-time high. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "Gumbo vs. Jambalaya: What's the Real Difference?," 17 Jan. 2020 Another woman stood in the middle waving a giant Lebanese flag, energizing the small but growing group with her inexhaustible fervor. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "From Sudan to Hong Kong to Chile, what it was like to be one of the protesters of 2019," 28 Dec. 2019 After just one phone call, Jared’s incredible passion and fervor for Kentucky athletics turned a small idea into something truly special for the company and fans alike. Melanie Laughman, Cincinnati.com, "Donations continue as UK, NY Giants football star Jared Lorenzen's family receives $50,000," 2 July 2019 Her obsessive-compulsive disorder, usually kept at bay with cognitive behavior therapy, is emerging with fervor. Beth Spotswood, SFChronicle.com, "Our mental state gets strained in times of crisis — and it happens to a lot of us," 22 Apr. 2020 In general, basketball nominations aren’t argued over with the same fervor as in baseball. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "It's about damn time Rudy Tomjanovich gets his Hall of Fame due," 4 Apr. 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 31 May. 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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