great warmth and earnestness of feeling: to speak with great fervor.
intense heat.
Also, especially British, fervour.

1350–1400; Middle English fervo(u)r < Anglo-French < Latin fervor heat (see fervent, -or1)

1. ardor, passion, zeal.
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fervour or (US) fervor (ˈfɜːvə)
1.  great intensity of feeling or belief; ardour; zeal
2.  rare intense heat
[C14: from Latin fervor heat, from fervēre to glow, boil]
fervor or (US) fervor
[C14: from Latin fervor heat, from fervēre to glow, boil]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., "warmth or glow of feeling," from O.Fr. fervor, from L. fervor "a boiling, violent heat, passion," from fervere "to boil" (see brew).

British spelling of fervor (q.v.); for suffix, see -or.
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Example sentences
Collins has tackled his current diocese's challenges with fervour.
Once published, misinformation is immortal, and it can sweep social networks
  and newsrooms alike with pandemic fervour.
Many on the right loathe the tax system with fanatical fervour.
Some were driven by martial spirit, missionary zeal or imperial fervour.
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