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fervent

[fur-vuh nt] /ˈfɜr vənt/
adjective
1.
having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm, etc.; ardent:
a fervent admirer; a fervent plea.
2.
hot; burning; glowing.
Origin
1350-1400
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.
Synonyms
1. fervid, impassioned, passionate.
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  • He was a render of poetry and romance, yet he was fervently devout.
  • What shocked me was that this student fervently believed that he could be admitted into a medical program.
  • Scientists have thus been searching fervently for better ways to identify and tackle anthrax.
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  • We know you have found peace overlooking the land that you fervently loved.
  • He worked fervently for the electrification of lighthouses.
  • They fervently preached the gospel of the new economy and its productivity miracle.
  • But those who fervently believe their own rhetoric about saving humanity may be even more dangerous.
  • Cabaret venerates maturity more fervently than any other form of entertainment.
  • Floyd still fervently believes, there is such a need.
British Dictionary definitions for fervently

fervent

/ˈfɜːvənt/
adjective
1.
intensely passionate; ardent: a fervent desire to change society
2.
(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 fervently

fervent

adj.

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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