One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Having or displaying a passionate intensity.‘a fervent supporter of the revolution’
impassioned, passionate, intense, vehement, ardent, sincere, feeling, profound, deep-seated, heartfelt, deeply felt, emotional, animated, spiritedView synonyms
- ‘A fervent Hull City supporter and former Uppingham School pupil, Mr Carver was also interested in gardens and historic houses.’
- ‘And that fervent intensity so early in the morning… somehow a man gets to thinking too.’
- ‘While the rhetoric may speak of a learning year for the team and drivers alike, there is a fervent passion and desire for success within the squad.’
- ‘Among the Democrats' richest and most fervent supporters, this may be the number one issue.’
- ‘Hitler was born an Austrian, and during the Nazi period many Austrians were among his most fervent supporters.’
- ‘They were white Afrikaners and fervent supporters of apartheid; their daughter was black.’
- ‘Labour also believes that fervent Tory supporters were among the team counting the votes, and believes it to be unjust.’
- ‘For them, there was only one prerequisite to opening a dancehall: a fervent passion for music and entertainment.’
- ‘My father's passion was a very fervent one, and I think that definitely rubbed off on all of us.’
- ‘The previous government of Jose Maria Aznar was one of the most fervent supporters of military action.’
- ‘The letter bears no signature and no address; it's at once passionate and oblique, fervent and cryptic.’
- ‘Thomas Paine, Ethan Allen and others were also fervent supporters of this doctrine.’
- ‘While the Guardian campaign might have fired up voters, the Republicans ran a fervent campaign to mobilise supporters in rural Ohio.’
- ‘Otherwise, how are we to explain Neruda's fervent and impassioned commitment to the working class?’
- ‘The sheer reverence and admiration for these legends could be readily manipulated into fervent nationalist passion.’
- ‘But, dressed in yellow, she led her musicians with a fervent intensity.’
- ‘He was an outspoken abolitionist and a fervent supporter of Reconstruction.’
- ‘He was a fervent supporter of air power and had, unlike some of his colleagues, little faith in battleships.’
- ‘Chen's speech may have disappointed pro-independence voters in Taiwan who are his fervent supporters.’
- ‘In that he was successful beyond the wildest dreams of even the most fervent supporter.’
2archaic Hot, burning, or glowing.
bright, shining, radiant, glimmering, flickering, twinkling, incandescent, candescent, luminous, luminescent, phosphorescentView synonyms
- ‘But carrying in our hearts fervent coals of His hope and faith we can journey in the courage of His peace.’
- ‘The "eternal fire" also symbolizes the love of homeland which is always alive like a fervent fire.’
Middle English: via Old French from Latin fervent- ‘boiling’, from the verb fervere. Compare with fervid and fervour.
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