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[per-fur-vid] /pərˈfɜr vɪd/
very fervent; extremely ardent; impassioned:
perfervid patriotism.
Origin of perfervid
1855-60; < New Latin perfervidus. See per-, fervid
Related forms
perfervidity, perfervidness, noun
perfervidly, adverb
perfervor; especially British, perfervour, noun Unabridged
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  • Her interest was naturally undiminshed by this perfervid tribute, and she clapped her dainty hands together with sudden mirth.

    The Voice on the Wire Eustace Hale Ball
  • And this perfervid and most serious account was in truth very funny.

  • Jkai was an arch-romantic, with a perfervid Oriental imagination, and humour of the purest, rarest description.

  • A man proposes to you as if he were asking you for the sixth waltz, only his manner is perfervid.

  • Individual would-be reformers were carried away by their perfervid zeal, led into proposing the most unheard-of innovations.

  • I have a perfervid appreciation of those things in other persons.

    I, Mary MacLane Mary MacLane
  • This I knew perfectly well, but I could not check the perfervid rush of my song.

  • But this perfervid disputant was not always out of key with his audience.

    Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Perhaps; and yet it would be rash to conclude that his perfervid declarations were altogether without sincerity.

    Queen Victoria Lytton Strachey
  • Welsh—the courage of perfervid emotion, religious in its intensity.

    The Irish on the Somme Michael MacDonagh
British Dictionary definitions for perfervid


(literary) extremely ardent, enthusiastic, or zealous
Derived Forms
perfervidly, adverb
perfervidness, noun
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin perfervidus, from Latin per- (intensive) + fervidusfervid
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Word Origin and History for perfervid

1830, as if from Latin *perfervidus, from per- "completely" (see per) + fervidus (see fervid). Related: Perfervidly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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