Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having or showing great emotion or zeal; ardent: fervent protests; a fervent admirer.
  • adj. Extremely hot; glowing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Exhibiting particular enthusiasm, zeal, conviction, persistence, or belief.
  • adj. Having or showing emotional warmth, fervor, or passion.
  • adj. Glowing, burning, very hot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Hot; glowing; boiling; burning.
  • adj. Warm in feeling; ardent in temperament; earnest; full of fervor; zealous; glowing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Hot; burning; glowing: as, a fervent summer; fervent rays.
  • Ardent; warmly earnest; animated; eager; vehement: as, fervent zeal; fervent piety.
  • Synonyms Eager, zealous, fervid, impassioned.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characterized by intense emotion
  • adj. extremely hot

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin fervēns, fervent-, present participle of fervēre, to boil; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin fervens, present participle of fervere ("to boil, ferment, glow, rage"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They joined the gentlemen of the Ashwood Abbey for lunch the next day, who were all in fervent denial that they had anything to do with it.

    Hunter campaign continued

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  • With stinging regret and profound gratitude, we return your work to you in fervent hope that you soon find literary representation worthy of your supernal ability.

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  • And then what drives me even more batty is when the room erupts in fervent applause, as if we are still living in the Cold War era, or as if they truly understand what socialized medicine would mean to them, and they are thoughtfully rejecting it for the principal of the free market.

    Waldo Jaquith - Supermajority support universal health care.

  • We do this with our eyes open and in fervent prayer, especially the prayer that President Bush and his national security team will be lavished with wisdom from God above to use only that force which is truly necessary and only that force which is truly appropriate.

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  • Last Sunday, I already announced this initiative whose purpose is to involve the faithful in fervent prayer to Christ, Prince of Peace.

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  • Today, instead of monkey imitations, Poles now engage in fervent chants of "Oli, Oli" when he plays.

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  • The beaming sun is shining with dazzling radiance on its white walls, telling, in fervent whispers, that a shelter from the heat will be desirable; so here we will enter, where the shadowy trees, and bright stream glancing through the garden flowers, speak of inhabitants from the olden world.

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  • Hawkers moved among them, offering bibingka, turon and cassava cakes, as the crowd’s collective heart beat in fervent anticipation of the incredible event.

    V. At the Plaza Binondo

  • This phrase fervent in spirit is literally a picture of water coming to the point of boiling.

    Living on the Edge

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