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[fur-vuh nt] /ˈfɜr vənt/
having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm, etc.; ardent:
a fervent admirer; a fervent plea.
hot; burning; glowing.
Origin of fervent
1350-1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin fervent- (stem of fervēns) present participle of fervēre to boil; see -ent
Related forms
fervently, adverb
ferventness, noun
nonfervent, adjective
nonfervently, adverb
nonferventness, noun
overfervent, adjective
overfervently, adverb
overferventness, noun
superfervent, adjective
superfervently, adverb
unfervent, adjective
unfervently, adverb
Can be confused
fervent, fever, feverish.
1. fervid, impassioned, passionate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fervent
  • These moments can cause irrational acts or imprint fervent memories on a wanton brain.
  • The show went on, and the wrenching absence of its honoree made it all the more fervent a celebration.
  • The visitors themselves aren't really visitors but devotees, meditative and fervent.
  • The characters' outsized actions seem quite natural when those characters are fervent, gun-toting gangster kids.
  • Observers describe fervent, and occasionally anguished, self-examination on the part of those who fail to weep.
  • She's become a fixture on news programmes and fervent advocate of green investment.
  • So fervent is the tabloid interest that the two stars, who should be promoting their movie, are on another continent.
  • Indians are engaged in a fervent debate over whether corruption is an unavoidable lubricant in the country's rush to prosperity.
  • The combination of fervent populaces and unchecked leaders gave rise to the law of the mob, writ frighteningly large.
  • Additionally, the fervent support of national leaders raised the status of drug courts.
British Dictionary definitions for fervent


intensely passionate; ardent: a fervent desire to change society
(archaic or poetic) boiling, burning, or glowing: fervent heat
Derived Forms
fervently, fervidly, adverb
ferventness, fervidness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin fervēre to boil, glow
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Word Origin and History for fervent

mid-14c., from Old French fervent, from Latin ferventem (nominative fervens) "boiling, hot, glowing," figuratively "violent, impetuous, furious," present participle of fervere "to boil, glow," from PIE root *bhreue- (see brew). The figurative sense of "impassioned" is first attested c.1400. Related: Fervency; fervently.

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