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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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  • Pindar was the boldest, the most fervid and the most sublime.

  • It was the fervid outpouring of two natures which had nothing that was spiritual in them.

  • She paused for a moment, for Mr. Pindar was waving his arms and flapping his cloak in fervid assent.

    Mrs. Tree's Will Laura E. Richards
  • It is only the lover who lives, and of his life every moment is intense and fervid.

    The Hero William Somerset Maugham
  • Father Vermeersch is as fervid as any English or American pastor.

    The Crime of the Congo Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • It was noticed at the outset that he had abandoned his fervid style of speaking.

    Robert Toombs Pleasant A. Stovall
  • Floating away upon the wings of his own fervid oratory, he continued in ringing tones.

    The Triumph of Virginia Dale John Francis, Jr.
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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