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

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

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


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  • As you rush towards the action figure aisle, your heart speeding in fervour as you make your means to this supernatural toy of imaginativeness.

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  • Revolutionary fervour is born from an intense emotional response, sublimated and rationalised.

    COCOONED • by J.A. Matthews

  • His fervour is realistic, his striking - power is tempered only by broad-mindedness and humour.

    Nobel Prize in Literature 1953 - Presentation Speech

  • The fervour is short-lived, the flame is expelled by its own blast, and leaves a house swept and garnished, inviting devils.

    Lady Good-for-Nothing

  • Her fervour is the artist's fervour, the longing, coming really to passion, to hold and fix forever the shapes that were loveliest to her.

    Adventures in the Arts Informal Chapters on Painters, Vaudeville, and Poets

  • Again she was recalling the fervour with which he had declared himself on this point on that last day when he actually made her believe in him.

    The Seeker

  • But they will be new bottles, when after the ascension of the Lord, they are renewed by desiring His consolation, and then new wine will come to the new bottles, that is, the fervour of the Holy Ghost will fill the hearts of spiritual men.

    Catena Aurea - Gospel of Mark

  • His height, his air, his countenance, were such as always command the attention of crowds; and at this time they received every adjunct from the interest of the occasion, and that peculiar look of intent yet suppressed fervour, which is, perhaps, the sole gift of the eloquent that Nature alone can give.

    Rienzi, Last of the Roman Tribunes

  • Only a brief woebegone show of energy from a denim-clad fan to the front creates a slight tickle of fervour, which is a damn shame considering what the bruising the band dole out live.

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  • Margo also informed us of "fervour" on the other side of the Atlantic being whipped up by "talk-show hosts."

    Archive 2009-08-24


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