Definition of fervent in US English:



  • 1Having or displaying a passionate intensity.

    ‘a fervent disciple of tax reform’
    • ‘He was an outspoken abolitionist and a fervent supporter of Reconstruction.’
    • ‘While the rhetoric may speak of a learning year for the team and drivers alike, there is a fervent passion and desire for success within the squad.’
    • ‘While the Guardian campaign might have fired up voters, the Republicans ran a fervent campaign to mobilise supporters in rural Ohio.’
    • ‘Labour also believes that fervent Tory supporters were among the team counting the votes, and believes it to be unjust.’
    • ‘He was a fervent supporter of air power and had, unlike some of his colleagues, little faith in battleships.’
    • ‘Otherwise, how are we to explain Neruda's fervent and impassioned commitment to the working class?’
    • ‘Among the Democrats' richest and most fervent supporters, this may be the number one issue.’
    • ‘They were white Afrikaners and fervent supporters of apartheid; their daughter was black.’
    • ‘Hitler was born an Austrian, and during the Nazi period many Austrians were among his most fervent supporters.’
    • ‘My father's passion was a very fervent one, and I think that definitely rubbed off on all of us.’
    • ‘For them, there was only one prerequisite to opening a dancehall: a fervent passion for music and entertainment.’
    • ‘But, dressed in yellow, she led her musicians with a fervent intensity.’
    • ‘Chen's speech may have disappointed pro-independence voters in Taiwan who are his fervent supporters.’
    • ‘The letter bears no signature and no address; it's at once passionate and oblique, fervent and cryptic.’
    • ‘A fervent Hull City supporter and former Uppingham School pupil, Mr Carver was also interested in gardens and historic houses.’
    • ‘And that fervent intensity so early in the morning… somehow a man gets to thinking too.’
    • ‘In that he was successful beyond the wildest dreams of even the most fervent supporter.’
    • ‘The previous government of Jose Maria Aznar was one of the most fervent supporters of military action.’
    • ‘Thomas Paine, Ethan Allen and others were also fervent supporters of this doctrine.’
    • ‘The sheer reverence and admiration for these legends could be readily manipulated into fervent nationalist passion.’
    impassioned, passionate, intense, vehement, ardent, fervid, sincere, feeling, profound, deep-seated, heartfelt, deeply felt, emotional, animated, spirited
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    1. 1.1archaic Hot, burning, or glowing.
      • ‘But carrying in our hearts fervent coals of His hope and faith we can journey in the courage of His peace.’
      • ‘The "eternal fire" also symbolizes the love of homeland which is always alive like a fervent fire.’
      bright, shining, radiant, glimmering, flickering, twinkling, incandescent, candescent, luminous, luminescent, phosphorescent
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Middle English: via Old French from Latin fervent- ‘boiling’, from the verb fervere. Compare with fervid and fervor.