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or (especially British) fervour

[fur-ver] /ˈfɜr vər/
great warmth and earnestness of feeling:
to speak with great fervor.
intense heat.
Origin of fervor
1350-1400; Middle English fervo(u)r < Anglo-French < Latin fervor heat (see fervent, -or1)
1. ardor, passion, zeal. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The more exalted the character and the soul, the greater is the capacity of love, and the deeper its fervor.

  • His eyes shone, and his face flushed with the fervor of his theme.

  • Paul extended his hands to Ah Ben, who took them with fervor.

    The Ghost of Guir House Charles Willing Beale
  • The fervor of his words touched her, for she felt that they were sincere.

    Tales From Two Hemispheres Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen
  • The light of day served, if not to dissipate, at least to sober, the turbulence and fervor of the preceding night.

    Zicci, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Word Origin and History for fervor

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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