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Examples of perfervid in a Sentence
the perfervid prose of a romance novel
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Down south near San Diego, gray-faced children toil in a slave-labor camp that Dickens could not have imagined in his most perfervid dreams.
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The adjectives "fervent," "fervid," and "perfervid" all derive from the Latin verb fervēre, meaning "to boil," and suggest a bubbling up of intense feeling. "Fervent" was the first to enter the English language in the 14th century. It stresses sincerity and steadiness of emotional warmth and zeal, as in "Her colleagues expressed fervent good wishes." The next to emerge was "fervid" in the late 16th century. It too suggests warmth but adds an element of spontaneity and feverishness. A lover might write a fervid billet-doux to his beloved, for example. With its first known appearance in print dating back only to 1833, "perfervid" is a relative newcomer to English, but it implies the most extreme or exaggerated expression of emotion. Its intensity comes from "per-," a prefix meaning "thoroughly."
Origin and Etymology of perfervid
First Known Use: 1833See Words from the same year
Synonymsardent, blazing, burning, charged, demonstrative, emotional, fervid, feverish, fiery, flaming, glowing, hot-blooded, impassioned, incandescent, intense, passional, passionate, fervent, red-hot, religious, superheated, torrid, vehement, warm, warm-blooded
Antonymscold, cool, dispassionate, emotionless, impassive, unemotional
Related Wordsgushing, gushy, maudlin, mawkish, mushy, saccharine, sappy, schmaltzy, sentimental, sloppy, sugary; histrionic, melodramatic; enthusiastic, gung ho, keen, zealous; enamored, infatuated, obsessed; uninhibited, unreserved, unrestrained; frenzied, orgiastic, overemotional, overexcited, overheated
Near Antonymsdetached, dry, impersonal, objective; reserved, undemonstrative
Synonym Discussion of perfervid
- an impassioned plea for justice
- a passionate denunciation
- an ardent supporter of human rights
- fervent good wishes
- fervid love letters
- perfervid expressions of patriotism
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