Definition of fervent in English:


Line breaks: fer|vent
Pronunciation: /ˈfəːv(ə)nt


  • 2 archaic Hot, burning, or glowing.
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    • The "eternal fire" also symbolizes the love of homeland which is always alive like a fervent fire.
    • But carrying in our hearts fervent coals of His hope and faith we can journey in the courage of His peace.



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  • He has succeeded in expressing the fervency and zeal both of the minister and his congregation.
  • Bernard was not content with careful exegesis and orthodox doctrine - there is also an unusual fervency and passion in the sermons.
  • Well, Sontag points to the ‘passionate bleakness’ of ‘a restless, chronically dissatisfied mind’ that offers us ‘moral fervency and gifts of compassion’.


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  • They are in Athens because they fervently believe in the Olympic ideal.
  • The Romans are more than enthusiastic, and King Edward has been acclaimed among them as fervently as if they were Londoners.
  • In the end, however, they were wed and, we all fervently hope, live happily ever after.


Middle English: via Old French from Latin fervent- 'boiling', from the verb fervere. Compare with fervid and fervour.

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