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[fur-vid] /ˈfɜr vɪd/
heated or vehement in spirit, enthusiasm, etc.:
a fervid orator.
burning; glowing; intensely hot.
Origin of fervid
1590-1600; < Latin fervidus boiling. See fervent, -id4
Related forms
fervidity, noun
fervidly, adverb
nonfervid, adjective
nonfervidly, adverb
nonfervidness, noun
unfervid, adjective
unfervidly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fervid
  • The fervid pace of restaurant openings over the last five years has finally peaked, say restaurateurs.
  • The web rewards, with links and traffic, fervid expressions of ideological purity.
  • The service is snappy and efficient under fervid conditions.
  • The book revealed a fervid self-taught mind, a literary sensibility and a deep paranoia.
  • The step-up back room is equally attractive if less socially fervid.
  • Indeed, a fair amount of court time was devoted to fervid discussions of the participants' appropriate fees.
  • The students argue these and other points with fervid intensity.
  • Even during a fervid national debate over health care, the state of dialysis garnered little public attention.
  • Less amusing is the number of intellectuals, businessmen and political leaders who gave eugenics their blessing or fervid support.
  • But the fervid emotion and visual chic are what make the thing sing.
British Dictionary definitions for fervid


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 fervid

1590s, from Latin fervidus "glowing, burning; vehement, fervid," from fervere "to boil, glow" (see brew (v.)). Figurative sense of "impassioned" is from 1650s. Related: Fervidly.

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