fervency

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fervency feelings of great warmth and intensity "he spoke with great ardor"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fervency The state of being fervent or warm; ardor; warmth of feeling or devotion; eagerness. "When you pray, let it be with attention, with fervency , and with perseverance."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fervency The state of being fervent or hot; burning or glowing warmth: as, the fervency of the sun's rays.
    • n fervency Warmth of feeling; ardor; fervor; animated zeal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fervency eagerness: warmth of devotion
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. fervence,. See Fervent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. fervēre, to boil.

Usage

In literature:

Joy there was, but, alas, how much mitigated was its fervency!
"The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
But, so far from intimidating him, this only the more confirmed him in his convictions and fervency.
"Luther and the Reformation:" by Joseph A. Seiss
Freedom, Fervency, and Zeal.
"The Mysteries of Free Masonry" by William Morgan
Martyrdoms, when there was any fervency of faith in the martyrs, were very abstract.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 77, March, 1864" by Various
On leaving me, however, they all advised me to read the Scriptures with fervency and prayer.
"Lavengro the Scholar - the Gypsy - the Priest" by George Borrow
My fervency was sincere.
"The Millionaire Baby" by Anna Katharine Green
The fervency of my love allowed me no intermission.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
His wings seem to rustle with more fervency in midwinter.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866" by Various
When he arrived at the stake, he kneeled down, and, for some time, prayed with great fervency.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
On leaving me, however, they all advised me to read the Scriptures with fervency and prayer.
"Lavengro The Scholar - The Gypsy - The Priest, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Borrow
In a more general sense the word implies a peculiar fervency and earnestness in insisting on such doctrines as regeneration and redemption.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
The vigour and fervency of his preaching were unabated by length of years.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 2" by Various
How much fervency will there be in a request you know will not be granted or attended to?
"The Hearts of Men" by H. Fielding
Their friendships are expressed with fervency and extravagance; their enmities with intolerance and disgust.
"Observations on Madness and Melancholy" by John Haslam
Chaudieu embraced his son with religious fervency; he was proud of him.
"The Works of Honoré de Balzac" by Honoré de Balzac
On Sunday at chapel, she sang with a vigour and fervency that attracted to her the curious gaze of more than one pair of eyes.
"Mrs. Bindle" by Hebert Jenkins
His pictures have wonderful visionary quality, admirable invention, and are full of passionate fervency.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 4" by Various
My fervency was sincere.
"The Millionaire Baby" by Anna Katharine Green
Our child-acquaintance was renewed; and, suffice it to say, that I soon came to love her with a fervency surprising even to myself.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine Vol. IV, No. 19, Dec 1851" by Various
Never did prayers ascend up to heaven with greater fervency.
"The Three Perils of Man, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by James Hogg
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In poetry:

There woman's lip and cheek grew pale
As on the broad day stole;
And manhood's polished brow was damp
With fervency of soul.
"The Pigrim's Fast" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
(Cornfield beans my specialty,
When every pod spills two or three),
Then I forget the thou and thee
And pray with total fervency:
"Noonday Grace" by John Crowe Ransom
Thy sun, which mocks our need of warmth and love
And all the heartening fervencies thereof,
It scarce hath heat enow to warm our thin
Pathetic yearnings in.
"Go Winter!" by James Whitcomb Riley
For his obedient, wise, clear-listening care
To hear for us what word The Word would say,
For all the trembling fervency of prayer
With which he led our souls the prayerful way;
"A Thanksgiving For F. D. Maurice" by George MacDonald
Blest be that autumn brown and sere!
Bless-ed the day and blest the year,
Of his nativity!
Blest be the hospitals, which rise,
Resultant of thy enterprise,
Thy zeal and fervency.
"To Mother Huberta." by Alfred Castner King
For he saw what she did not see,
That — as kindled by its own fervency —
The verge shrivelled inward smoulderingly:
And suddenly 'twixt his hand and hers
He knew the twenty withered years — No flower, but twenty shrivelled years.
"The Poppy" by Francis Thompson