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

  • adj. Marked by great passion or zeal: a fervid patriot.
  • adj. Extremely hot; burning.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Intensely hot, emotional, or zealous.
  • adj. Very or extremely hot.
  • adj. Very passionate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Very hot; burning; boiling.
  • adj. Ardent; vehement; zealous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Burning; glowing; hot: as, fervid heat; the fervid sands.
  • Vehement; eager; impassioned: as, fervid zeal; a fervid glance.
  • Synonyms Fiery, glowing.

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

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


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

Latin fervidus, from fervēre, to boil; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots.

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From Latin fervidus, from ferveō.


  • Here the middle-aged poet recalls the fervid dreams of his youth and thinks of them under the image of airy sprites attending his rushing chariot, like the Hours in Guido's picture.

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  • His letters are not the ardent, passionate, romantic epistles recalling the fervid style and thought of the _Nouvelle Héloïse_.

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  • But lo! the sun recalls his fervid ray, And cold and dim the wat’ry visions fail; While o’er yon cliff, whose pointed craggs decay, Mild Evening draws her thin empurpled veil!

    The Romance of the Forest

  • In the fervid atmosphere of the late 60s, not everybody recognized to what extent this was true.

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  • Grand total: 305 hp. The fervid, overreaching exhaust note is what a very fine sports car would sound like if it got a hernia.

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  • His hair, by contrast, he wore with a sharp side part and a fervid rectitude, as if all his phony honor depended on it.

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  • All in all, Christopher Allen has crafted another fun fan film, creating a credible revival of a show beloved by a fervid fanbase.

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  • The birds were assembled beneath leafy shade, or made short, languid flights in search of food, all save the majestic buzzard; with broad wings out-spread he sailed the warm air unwarily from ridge to ridge, seeming to enjoy the fervid sunshine like a butterfly.

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  • The name and space of Barbara Stratton 's TriBeCa lunch counter might have changed, but the homey food—and its fervid fans—have remained the same.

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  • So I took a keen interest when, at the fervid climax of the health-care debate in mid-December, a Washington Post blogger, Ezra Klein, declared that Senator Joseph Lieberman, by refusing to vote for a bill with a public option, was apparently “willing to cause the deaths of hundreds of thousands” of uninsured people in order to punish the progressives who had opposed his reelection in 2006.

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  • A third option is perfervid, which unambiguously implies excess.

    November 16, 2016

  • Fervent vs. fervid

    Some English usage authorities draw a distinction between fervent and fervid, saying that while both mean having great passion or zeal, fervid feelings are more extreme and perhaps irrational than fervent feelings. In other words, fervidness is ferventness to an excessive degree. While this distinction might be useful, it is not consistently borne out in real-world usage. The word are generally interchangeable, with fervent being the more common form by a large margin.

    November 16, 2016

  • Your love would be uncomfortably

    fervid, it is clear

    If, as you are stating

    It's been accumulating

    Forty-seven year.

    -- Pirates of Penzance

    August 20, 2008