Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Great warmth and intensity of emotion. synonym: passion.
  • noun Intense heat.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Heat or warmth.
  • noun Warmth of feeling; ardor; impassioned earnestness: as, the fervor of enthusiasm.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Heat; excessive warmth.
  • noun Intensity of feeling or expression; glowing ardor; passion; holy zeal; earnestness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun US An intense, heated emotion; passion, ardor.
  • noun US A passionate enthusiasm for some cause.
  • noun US Heat.

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

  • noun the state of being emotionally aroused and worked up
  • noun feelings of great warmth and intensity

Etymologies

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

[Middle English fervour, from Old French, from Latin fervor, from fervēre, to boil; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin fervor ("a boiling or raging heat, heat, vehemence, passion"), from fervere ("to boil, be hot"); see fervent.

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