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[fur-ver] /ˈfɜr vər/
great warmth and earnestness of feeling:
to speak with great fervor.
intense heat.
Also, especially British, fervour.
Origin of fervor
1350-1400; Middle English fervo(u)r < Anglo-French < Latin fervor heat (see fervent, -or1)
1. ardor, passion, zeal. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fervor
  • Railing against a banned book that few here have managed to obtain and read is an easy way to stir up populist fervor.
  • It does seem to have stirred up the deniers into a fervor but it's hardly a game changer.
  • They literally believe in dogmas, but without quite the same certainty or fervor.
  • With the populist anti-tax fervor among the nation, now more than ever my job has become one of ridicule and despise.
  • During the campaign the two major parties had attempted to outdo each other in their anti-terror fervor.
  • His grumpy, sardonic temperament inoculates him against ideological fervor.
  • About the same time that the crab festival was dying, the nation was gripped by anti-communist fervor.
British Dictionary definitions for fervor


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

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