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Thursday, July 09, 2009

Definitions for fervid

  1. Heated or vehement in spirit, enthusiasm, etc.
  2. Burning; glowing; intensely hot.

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Citations for fervid
Over the last week, the Cubs opened their home season at Wrigley Field, and the city's Lyric Opera was presenting Richard Wagner's four-opera "Ring des Nibelungen," which meant that two of the world's most fervid fan bases were simultaneously encamped on opposite sides of the Chicago River. Bruce Weber, New York Times
The words of fire that from his pen
Were flung upon the fervid page,
Still move, still shake the hearts of men,
Amid a cold and coward age.
, William Cullen Bryant
Origin of fervid
1590-1600
Fervid comes from Latin fervidus "glowing, burning, vehement," from fervere "to boil, glow." The figurative sense of "impassioned" is from 1656.
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