Definition of fervor in US English:

fervor

(British fervour)

noun

  • 1Intense and passionate feeling.

    ‘he talked with all the fervor of a new convert’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, beginning in 1993 there was intense messianic fervour in the community.’
    • ‘Many of the adherents may well be sincere, but, many unscrupulous ones often whip up the masses with religious fervour to commit heinous crimes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘None of these holidays provokes intense patriotic fervor.’
    • ‘Bono's passion and political fervour have perhaps been hardest on him.’
    • ‘Recite the Holy Qur'an with eagerness and fervour and put all your heart and soul in the recitation.’
    • ‘The band perform with the such passion and fervour, it's hard to believe some of the songs are over a decade old.’
    • ‘Half of those present discussed the imminent international confrontations with passion and fervour.’
    • ‘Drudge has covered this hurricane with such passion and fervor, I'm thinking the guy has a bit of a fetish.’
    • ‘We're all looking for a bit of excitement and patriotic fervour.’
    • ‘These may be true, but these are arguments that appeal to the dispassionate mind of a judge, not the emotional public fervor.’
    • ‘Their love for these artifacts often resembles the passion one associates with religious fervor.’
    • ‘But let not the debates alienate you from the intellectual and spiritual capacity of religious fervour.’
    • ‘The euro seems to be reviled with avidity and fervour wherever one goes, from Holland to the Med.’
    • ‘This is not to say that attention has been concentrated on spiritual fervour for its own sake.’
    • ‘It will be a nice test of the country's appetite for religious fervor.’
    • ‘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.’
    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
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    1. 1.1archaic 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.’

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin fervor, from fervere ‘to boil’. Compare with fervent and fervid.

Pronunciation

fervor

/ˈfərvər//ˈfərvər/