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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
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Examples from the Web for fervour
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  • The Christian fervour of the artists led them to give their best and sincerest work to the decoration of them.

    The Story of Nuremberg Cecil Headlam
  • It was one which we all ought to form if the fervour of our passions will permit us.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Further, without this lowly estimate there will be no fervour of grateful love.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • Even from his own mother did he conceal the fervour of his love for Mary.

  • Well might they welcome with fervour such a charming creature.

  • She took his right hand and kissed it with every appearance of fervour.

    The Island Mystery George A. Birmingham
  • So she refused, and even in her fervour of love for Henrietta, Evelyn could not help realizing it was best that she should.

    The Third Miss Symons Flora Macdonald Mayor
  • "I would fight for your Majesty to the death," said I timidly, but with fervour.

    Simon Dale Anthony Hope
  • He spoke with a fervour, a conviction, which to the woman over whom he was now leaning brought exquisite solace.

    The Uttermost Farthing Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • “Then Florence will stand by the Frate,” Cennini broke in, with some fervour.

    Romola George Eliot
British Dictionary definitions for fervour


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 fervour

chiefly British English spelling of fervor (q.v.); for spelling, see -or.



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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