One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1mass noun Intense and passionate feeling.‘he talked with all the fervour of a new convert’
passion, ardour, intensity, zeal, vehemence, vehemency, emotion, warmth, sincerity, earnestness, avidness, avidity, eagerness, keenness, enthusiasm, excitement, animation, vigour, energy, fire, fieriness, heat, spirit, zest, appetite, hunger, urgencyView synonyms
- ‘Half of those present discussed the imminent international confrontations with passion and fervour.’
- ‘Many of the adherents may well be sincere, but, many unscrupulous ones often whip up the masses with religious fervour to commit heinous crimes.’
- ‘She said it was carried through with great fervor and passion and involved a total commitment to the environment within the school.’
- ‘The euro seems to be reviled with avidity and fervour wherever one goes, from Holland to the Med.’
- ‘Bono's passion and political fervour have perhaps been hardest on him.’
- ‘These may be true, but these are arguments that appeal to the dispassionate mind of a judge, not the emotional public fervor.’
- ‘There is no fervour, no passion, and no straightforward moral principle.’
- ‘So it was with much excitement and fervour I headed to the cinema, not at all put off by the nay-sayers and givers of negative reviews.’
- ‘Recite the Holy Qur'an with eagerness and fervour and put all your heart and soul in the recitation.’
- ‘None of these holidays provokes intense patriotic fervor.’
- ‘The band perform with the such passion and fervour, it's hard to believe some of the songs are over a decade old.’
- ‘His website promotes the concept of information agents with enthusiastic fervour.’
- ‘This is not to say that attention has been concentrated on spiritual fervour for its own sake.’
- ‘Their love for these artifacts often resembles the passion one associates with religious fervor.’
- ‘We're all looking for a bit of excitement and patriotic fervour.’
- ‘However, beginning in 1993 there was intense messianic fervour in the community.’
- ‘I suppose you realise that I haven't been blogging with much fervor since returning from the weekend in Florida.’
- ‘It will be a nice test of the country's appetite for religious fervor.’
- ‘But let not the debates alienate you from the intellectual and spiritual capacity of religious fervour.’
- ‘Drudge has covered this hurricane with such passion and fervor, I'm thinking the guy has a bit of a fetish.’
2archaic Intense heat.
- ‘If there is a greater heat and fervour of fire in the ether, then this heat causes a sudden rise and dangerous flooding of the waters.’
- ‘They carried between them, and actually in their hands, a glowing flame, the fervour of which I felt reflected from the picture on my own cheeks.’
Middle English: via Old French from Latin fervor, from fervere ‘to boil’. Compare with fervent and fervid.
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