fervent

fervent
fervent, fervid
Both words mean ‘ardent, intense’ with reference to speech, feelings, etc. There are two significant differences in their use: (1) fervent but not fervid is also used of people, with nouns such as admirer, advocate, believer, follower, opponent, and supporter among the typical collocates, and (2) fervent has positive connotations whereas fervid can sound depreciatory, rather like the difference between warm and feverish as applied to feelings. Examples: (fervent)

• Every available wall space was covered with graffiti and fervent slogans —T. Strong, 1990

• I make those criticisms as a fervent admirer of the army —Sunday Times, 2005

• I'm 45 and was hoping fervently that the Government might make menopause illegal before it engulfed me —Express, 2007

• (fervid) While a fervid interest in sex overpowered other girls, she listened to their confidences unmoved —C. Brayfield, 1990

• I'm afraid your rather fervid imagination is running away with you —E. Rees, 1992.

Fervidly is not typical but is occasionally found

• (those within America who are fervidly anti-Bush —weblog, AmE 2004).


Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • fervent — fervent, ente [ fɛrvɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • fin XIIe; lat. fervens, de fervere « bouillir » 1 ♦ Qui a de la ferveur religieuse. Chrétien fervent. ⇒ dévot. ♢ Ardent, enthousiaste, passionné. C est un républicain fervent. C est un fervent admirateur de… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • fervent — FERVÉNT, Ă, fervenţi, te, adj. (Despre oameni) Care pune pasiune în ceea ce face, care lucrează cu ardoare; înfocat, înflăcărat, pasionat, zelos. ♦ Care exprimă, trădează înfocare, pasiune, zel. Dragoste ferventă. – Din fr. fervent, lat. fervens …   Dicționar Român

  • Fervent — Fer vent, a. [F. fervent, L. fervens, entis. p. pr. of fervere o the boiling hot, to boil, glow.] 1. Hot; glowing; boiling; burning; as, a fervent summer. [1913 Webster] The elements shall melt with fervent heat. 2 Pet. iii. 10. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fervent — fervent, ente (fèr van, van t ) adj. 1°   Qui a beaucoup de ferveur. •   Vous dormez trop pour un jeune novice qui doit être fervent, FÉNEL. Dial. des morts mod. XI.    Par extension. Un amoureux, un adorateur fervent. 2°   Où il y a de la… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • fervent — Fervent, [ferven]te. adj. Qui a de la ferveur. Qui est rempli de ferveur. C est un homme extremement fervent dans la devotion. un Religieux tres fervent. un zele fervent. une devotion fervente …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • fervent — I adjective active, animated, ardens, ardent, avid, devoted, eager, earnest, enthusiastic, excited, feeling, fervens, fervid, fervidus, fierce, fiery, hearty, impassioned, intense, keen, passionate, perfervid, sincere, spirited, vehement, zealous …   Law dictionary

  • fervent — mid 14c., from O.Fr. fervent, from L. ferventem (nom. fervens) boiling, hot, glowing, figuratively violent, impetuous, furious, prp. of fervere to boil, glow, from PIE root *bhreue (see BREW (Cf. brew)). The figurative sense of impassioned is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Fervént — (lat.), heiß, glühend, inbrünstig …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Fervent — Fervent, lat. deutsch, glühend; fervesciren, erglühen, zürnen, fervid, heiß; ferveur (frz. –wöhr) Eifer, Hitze …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • fervent — ardent, fervid, perfervid, impassioned, passionate Analogous words: *devout, pious, religious: warm, warmhearted, *tender, responsive: *sincere, wholehearted, heartfelt, hearty, whole souled, unfeigned: intense, vehement, fierce, exquisite,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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