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, spiritedfervent, ardent, passionate, impassioned, intense, vehement, heated, wholehearted, full-hearted, heartfelt, deeply felt, deep-seated, deep-rooted, profound, emotional, sincere, earnest, eager, avid, enthusiasticView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘First, where do these kids (and they are still minors) get their fervid imaginations from?’
- ‘This fervid belief is essential to overcoming the inevitable dissenters and roadblocks that arise when challenging conventional notions.’
- ‘Imagine a country with no McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's (the restaurant) or any other fervid fryers of French fries.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He will seize any opportunity to pontificate, expressing his views with fervid self-assurance and with little concern for time constraints or his audience.’
- ‘At times we see demonstrations, like the ones we just saw in your report, that seem very, very fervid.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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 brought to journalism a sense of mission - a fervid devotion to blunt truth-telling and historical witness.’
- ‘Imagine stopping right in the middle of your fervid workday and taking a three-hour break.’
- ‘No great surprise there, except that this common-sense finding demolishes the implied presumptions of fervid gun control advocates.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They are also, in many ways, fervid advocates of 19th- and early 20th-century American views of international politics.’
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.’
- ‘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.’
Late 16th century (in the sense ‘glowing, hot’): from Latin fervidus, from fervere ‘to boil’. Compare with fervent and fervour.
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