One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Intensely enthusiastic or passionate, especially to an excessive degree.‘his fervid protestations of love’
impassioned, passionate, intense, vehement, ardent, sincere, feeling, profound, deep-seated, heartfelt, deeply felt, emotional, animated, spiritedView synonyms
- ‘There's even a few of them mentioned in the Bible, but that may just be a jolly good novel and the figment of someone's fervid imagination.’
- ‘Imagine a country with no McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's (the restaurant) or any other fervid fryers of French fries.’
- ‘He brought to journalism a sense of mission - a fervid devotion to blunt truth-telling and historical witness.’
- ‘They are also, in many ways, fervid advocates of 19th- and early 20th-century American views of international politics.’
- ‘This is the charm of spiritual tourism, of course, but it is only another form of consumer frenzy, the fervid acquisition of knowledge, boogie fever.’
- ‘Combined with fervid Methodism, you've got ruthless certainty.’
- ‘Anyway, in all my fervid imaginings, I never saw her with my mug in her hand, because I believed she'd learnt it was mine.’
- ‘That is: the prevalent imagery of society is no longer focused on institutional structures, on embodied manners of acting and thinking, but on the tone, fervid or cool, of states of mind.’
- ‘At times we see demonstrations, like the ones we just saw in your report, that seem very, very fervid.’
- ‘I don't have the feeling that he is a fervid prosecutor in the sense that he thinks that anyone accused of something must be guilty.’
- ‘A New Museum retrospective suggests that Adrian Piper's aggressively provocative work is as much the product of her genes as of her fervid talent.’
- ‘Too many students left the teach-in feeling intimidated not by the overwhelming opposition to the war, but to the way an academic forum became a fervid presentation of an exclusive viewpoint.’
- ‘Within a year, they found capital and a venue (a hidden courtyard just off New Bond Street), and launched Hush, to some acclaim and fervid celebrity interest.’
- ‘Two decades ago, his band the Pogues achieved a certain popularity with a fervid stew of traditional folk and punkish energy, and dreamy poetic licence.’
- ‘This fervid belief is essential to overcoming the inevitable dissenters and roadblocks that arise when challenging conventional notions.’
- ‘First, where do these kids (and they are still minors) get their fervid imaginations from?’
- ‘No great surprise there, except that this common-sense finding demolishes the implied presumptions of fervid gun control advocates.’
- ‘And the atmosphere of today's Europe is different: Back then, the fervid, revanchist nationalism of the losers traded blows with the victory-happy nationalism of the winners.’
- ‘He will seize any opportunity to pontificate, expressing his views with fervid self-assurance and with little concern for time constraints or his audience.’
- ‘Imagine stopping right in the middle of your fervid workday and taking a three-hour break.’
2literary Hot, burning, or glowing.
white-hot, intensely hot, red-hot, burning, fiery, on fire, blazing, ablaze, aflameView synonyms
- ‘Margaret Mary again mentions the fervid fire that felt like it would consume her.’
- ‘Some with the greatest access of luster equal the colors of painters, others the fervid flames of sulphur, or fires quickened with oil.’
- ‘To dirt, chaos, maharajas, beggars, cows on the road, roaring rivers, fervid sunshine, unpredictability, and loud laughter.’
Late 16th century (in the sense ‘glowing, hot’): from Latin fervidus, from fervere ‘to boil’. Compare with fervent and fervour.
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