Definition of fervour in English:


(US fervor)


  • 1[mass noun] Intense and passionate feeling.

    ‘he talked with all the fervour of a new convert’
    • ‘Their love for these artifacts often resembles the passion one associates with religious fervor.’
    • ‘There is no fervour, no passion, and no straightforward moral principle.’
    • ‘I suppose you realise that I haven't been blogging with much fervor since returning from the weekend in Florida.’
    • ‘The band perform with the such passion and fervour, it's hard to believe some of the songs are over a decade old.’
    • ‘Recite the Holy Qur'an with eagerness and fervour and put all your heart and soul in the recitation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘None of these holidays provokes intense patriotic fervor.’
    • ‘But let not the debates alienate you from the intellectual and spiritual capacity of religious fervour.’
    • ‘This is not to say that attention has been concentrated on spiritual fervour for its own sake.’
    • ‘However, beginning in 1993 there was intense messianic fervour in the community.’
    • ‘She said it was carried through with great fervor and passion and involved a total commitment to the environment within the school.’
    • ‘His website promotes the concept of information agents with enthusiastic fervour.’
    • ‘Drudge has covered this hurricane with such passion and fervor, I'm thinking the guy has a bit of a fetish.’
    • ‘Many of the adherents may well be sincere, but, many unscrupulous ones often whip up the masses with religious fervour to commit heinous crimes.’
    • ‘We're all looking for a bit of excitement and patriotic fervour.’
    • ‘Bono's passion and political fervour have perhaps been hardest on him.’
    • ‘Half of those present discussed the imminent international confrontations with passion and fervour.’
    • ‘The euro seems to be reviled with avidity and fervour wherever one goes, from Holland to the Med.’
    • ‘These may be true, but these are arguments that appeal to the dispassionate mind of a judge, not the emotional public fervor.’
    • ‘It will be a nice test of the country's appetite for religious fervor.’
    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, urgency
    dedication, devoutness, assiduity, commitment, committedness
    fervency, ardency, passionateness
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  • 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.