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fervor

[fur-ver] /ˈfɜr vər/
noun
1.
great warmth and earnestness of feeling:
to speak with great fervor.
2.
intense heat.
Origin of fervor
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English fervo(u)r < Anglo-French < Latin fervor heat (see fervent, -or1)
Synonyms
1. ardor, passion, zeal.
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fervour

/ˈfɜːvə/
noun
1.
great intensity of feeling or belief; ardour; zeal
2.
(rare) intense heat
Word Origin
C14: from Latin fervor heat, from fervēre to glow, boil
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n.

mid-14c., "warmth or glow of feeling," from Old French fervor (Modern French ferveur) "heat, enthusiasm, ardor, passion," from Latin fervor "a boiling, violent heat; passion, ardor, fury," from fervere "to boil" (see brew).

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