Definition of fervid in English:



  • 1Intensely enthusiastic or passionate, especially to an excessive degree.

    ‘his fervid protestations of love’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He will seize any opportunity to pontificate, expressing his views with fervid self-assurance and with little concern for time constraints or his audience.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘First, where do these kids (and they are still minors) get their fervid imaginations from?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Combined with fervid Methodism, you've got ruthless certainty.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No great surprise there, except that this common-sense finding demolishes the implied presumptions of fervid gun control advocates.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Imagine stopping right in the middle of your fervid workday and taking a three-hour break.’
    • ‘Imagine a country with no McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's (the restaurant) or any other fervid fryers of French fries.’
    • ‘At times we see demonstrations, like the ones we just saw in your report, that seem very, very fervid.’
    • ‘This fervid belief is essential to overcoming the inevitable dissenters and roadblocks that arise when challenging conventional notions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    impassioned, passionate, intense, vehement, ardent, sincere, feeling, profound, deep-seated, heartfelt, deeply felt, emotional, animated, spirited
    fervent, ardent, passionate, impassioned, intense, vehement, heated, wholehearted, full-hearted, heartfelt, deeply felt, deep-seated, deep-rooted, profound, emotional, sincere, earnest, eager, avid, enthusiastic
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  • 2literary Hot, burning, or glowing.

    • ‘To dirt, chaos, maharajas, beggars, cows on the road, roaring rivers, fervid sunshine, unpredictability, and loud laughter.’
    • ‘Some with the greatest access of luster equal the colors of painters, others the fervid flames of sulphur, or fires quickened with oil.’
    • ‘Margaret Mary again mentions the fervid fire that felt like it would consume her.’
    white-hot, intensely hot, red-hot, burning, fiery, on fire, blazing, ablaze, aflame
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Late 16th century (in the sense ‘glowing, hot’): from Latin fervidus, from fervere ‘to boil’. Compare with fervent and fervour.