Definition of fervid in English:

fervid

Line breaks: fer¦vid
Pronunciation: /ˈfəːvɪd
 
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adjective

1Intensely enthusiastic or passionate, especially to an excessive degree: his fervid protestations of love
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  • And the atmosphere of today's Europe is different: Back then, the fervid, revanchist nationalism of the losers traded blows with the victory-happy nationalism of the winners.
  • Too many students left the teach-in feeling intimidated not by the overwhelming opposition to the war, but to the way an academic forum became a fervid presentation of an exclusive viewpoint.
  • I don't have the feeling that he is a fervid prosecutor in the sense that he thinks that anyone accused of something must be guilty.
2 literary Hot, burning, or glowing.
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  • To dirt, chaos, maharajas, beggars, cows on the road, roaring rivers, fervid sunshine, unpredictability, and loud laughter.
  • Margaret Mary again mentions the fervid fire that felt like it would consume her.
  • Some with the greatest access of luster equal the colors of painters, others the fervid flames of sulphur, or fires quickened with oil.

Origin

late 16th century (in the sense 'glowing, hot'): from Latin fervidus, from fervere 'to boil'. Compare with fervent and fervour.

Derivatives

fervidly

adverb
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  • Singer's archeological inventory details the ‘curious intimacy’ of excavation, as each man fervidly declares his abject passion for Cinna and accuses the other of victimizing her.
  • On December 9, 1870, Tolstoy announced to his wife that he was going to learn Greek and began immersing himself in the language fervidly on an almost daily basis: Xenophon, some Plato, above all, Homer.
  • A maverick and visionary artist, fervidly dedicated to the perpetuation of South Indian culture, S. Rajam has painted his dreams his way.

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