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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  • Fervid — Fer vid, a. [L. fervidus, fr. fervere. See {Fervent}.] 1. Very hot; burning; boiling. [1913 Webster] The mounted sun Shot down direct his fervid rays. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Ardent; vehement; zealous. [1913 Webster] The fervid wishes, holy… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fervid — FERVÍD, Ă, fervizi, de, adj. (Latinism) Arzător; strălucitor. – Din lat. fervidus. Trimis de LauraGellner, 10.05.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  fervíd adj. m., pl. fervízi; f. sg. fervídă, pl. fervíde …   Dicționar Român

  • fervid — 1590s, from L. fervidus glowing, burning; vehement, fervid, from fervere to boil, glow (see BREW (Cf. brew)). Figurative sense of impassioned is from 1650s. Related: Fervidly …   Etymology dictionary

  • fervid — index fervent, hot blooded, vehement, zealous Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • fervid un — index eager, fervent Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • fervid — fervent, ardent, perfervid, impassioned, passionate Analogous words: intense, vehement, fierce, exquisite, violent: earnest, *serious, solemn: *sincere, heartfelt, hearty, wholehearted, whole souled Contrasted words: collected, composed, *cool,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • fervid — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ intensely or excessively enthusiastic. DERIVATIVES fervidly adverb. ORIGIN Latin fervidus, from fervere to boil …   English terms dictionary

  • fervid — [fʉr′vid] adj. [L fervidus < fervere: see FERVENT] 1. hot; glowing 2. impassioned; fervent SYN. PASSIONATE fervidly adv. fervidness n …   English World dictionary

  • fervid — adjective Etymology: Latin fervidus, from fervēre Date: 1599 1. very hot ; burning 2. marked by often extreme fervor < a fervid crusader > Synonyms: see impassioned • fervidly adverb • fervidness …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fervid — fervidity, n. fervidly, adv. /ferr vid/, adj. 1. heated or vehement in spirit, enthusiasm, etc.: a fervid orator. 2. burning; glowing; intensely hot. [1590 1600; < L fervidus boiling. See FERVENT, ID4] * * * …   Universalium

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