fervent

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin fervens, present participle of fervere (to boil, ferment, glow, rage).

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fervent (comparative more fervent, superlative most fervent)

  1. Exhibiting particular enthusiasm, zeal, conviction, persistence, or belief.
  2. Having or showing emotional warmth, fervor, or passion.
    • 1876, Wilkie Collins, "Mr. Captain and the Nymph," in Little Novels,
      Never again would those fresh lips touch his lips with their fervent kiss!
  3. Glowing, burning, very hot.
    • 1611, King James Version of the Bible, Second Epistle of Peter, 3:10:
      But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin fervēntem, accusative of fervēns.

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fervent m (feminine fervente, masculine plural fervents, feminine plural ferventes)

  1. fervent

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fervent

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of ferveō