• WordNet 3.6
    • adj fervent extremely hot "the fervent heat...merely communicated a genial warmth to their half-torpid systems"- Nathaniel Hawthorne","set out...when the fervid heat subsides"- Frances Trollope"
    • adj fervent characterized by intense emotion "ardent love","an ardent lover","a fervent desire to change society","a fervent admirer","fiery oratory","an impassioned appeal","a torrid love affair"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Snakes have two sex organs in case one drops off in their fervent attempt to trick females into mating.
    • Fervent Hot; glowing; boiling; burning; as, a fervent summer. "The elements shall melt with fervent heat."
    • Fervent Warm in feeling; ardent in temperament; earnest; full of fervor; zealous; glowing. "Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit.""So spake the fervent angel.""A fervent desire to promote the happiness of mankind.""Laboring fervently for you in prayers."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fervent Hot; burning; glowing: as, a fervent summer; fervent rays.
    • fervent Ardent; warmly earnest; animated; eager; vehement: as, fervent zeal; fervent piety.
    • fervent Synonyms Eager, zealous, fervid, impassioned.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Fervent fėr′vent ardent: zealous: warm in feeling
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. fervent, L. fervens, -entis,. p. pr. of fervere, o the boiling hot, to boil, glow
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. fervēre, to boil.


In literature:

These are the dispositions Thou didst implant in me, and even a fervent desire of suffering for Thee.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
As a poet, Montgomery is conspicuous for the smoothness of his versification, and for the fervent piety pervading all his compositions.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
Both subsequently prayed long and fervently.
"Lavengro The Scholar - The Gypsy - The Priest, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Borrow
Nor was this cult of fervent friendship restricted to the sphere of aristocratic life.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
Nell worshipped beauty with the passion of a very hot and fervent little soul.
"Red Rose and Tiger Lily" by L. T. Meade
Then, uttering expressions of fervent gratitude, Mamba left the house.
"The Fugitives" by R.M. Ballantyne
Both subsequently prayed long and fervently.
"Lavengro The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest" by George Borrow
She put her arms about the girl with a fervent gesture of tenderness.
"The Squirrel-Cage" by Dorothy Canfield
The Andante is religioso, and is fervent rather than sombre.
"Contemporary American Composers" by Rupert Hughes
Then she caught the hand and pressed a fervent kiss upon it.
"The Girls at Mount Morris" by Amanda Minnie Douglas

In poetry:

When the fervent fingers
Listlessly unclose,
May the life that lingers
Find repose, Lily,
Find repose!
"The Pity Of It " by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
And they who sit in lawn,
From human passion free,
They will turn and pray most fervently
For "Her Sacred Majesty."
"The Queen's Triumph" by Samuel Bamford
It must be so, if God is love,
And answers fervent prayer;
Then surely thou shalt dwell on high,
And I may meet thee there.
"To Cowper" by Anne Bronte
His views of heaven were very free;
His views of life were painfully
Ridiculous; but fervently
He dwelt on marriage sanctity.
"A Moral Vindicator" by Francis Bret Harte
And for her young and gallant heir
A kindred love prevails;
God hear a nation's fervent prayer!
God bless the Prince of Wales!
"Canada's Welcome" by Helene M Johnson
We all must labour for the prize,
Ere we these blessings share;
Which are, and ever will be found,
The fruit of fervent pray'r.
"The Advantages Of Resignation" by Elizabeth Bath

In news:

It was Rudyard Kipling, that fervent chronicler of the British Empire and rapt celebrant of the depths and mysteries of England and Englishness, who first initiated Ted Hughes into the magic of poetry.
But the weather didn't seem to dampen the fervent spirits of Barack Obama supporters in town for the Democratic National Convention.
Unconverted The author's Jewish parents became fervent Christians.
Oliver L North's televised testimony at the Congressional inquiry concerning his role in the Iran-contra affair reveals a person of total commitment and fervent dedication.
And so she barks loudly and fervently at the appearance of human beings arriving and leaving on their usual grocery shopping trips.
Fervent Tim Tebow supporters could even be found at a baseball game in Seattle between the Mariners and the Texas Rangers in September.
BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's attempt to crush dissent through a massive military offensive appears to be backfiring, with fervent condemnations both at home and abroad undermining his government's chances of survival.
Four screens are required for this family of fervent sports fans.
Friday it was sung as it should be, fervently by Susanna Phillips and inwardly by Stephen Morscheck.
After all, one of the most telling marks of a hipster is a violent hatred for hipsters and fervent denial that you are one.
But our saving grace is our fervent love of condiments - none of which holds as much regard as hot sauce.
We talk about innovation , we fervently wish for it, and we wait for miracles – for Moses to part the waters.
The most fevered opponents of civil rights in the 1950s and 1960s -- and, for that matter, the most fervent defenders of slavery a century before -- also usually made their case in in process terms rather than racist ones.
All those so-called hipsters fervently awaiting Wes Anderson's follow-up to The Life Aquatic don't need to obsessively check IMDb.
Liberals in Congress have called for Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from the review of the health care reform law because his wife, Virginia, has campaigned fervently against it.

In science:

Beloved by science fiction writers, readily accepted, and misunderstood, by the public and fervently investigated by many physicists, including the élite of theoretical physics and cosmology, these elusive objects certainly capture the imagination.
A fresh look at some questions surrounding black holes
The perspective to realize a physical device representing a quantum computer (QC) has motivated a fervent research activity concerning the algorithms that could best exploit the intrinsic quantum properties of such a computer as opposed to the classical ones of current computers.
Phase transition and annealing in quantum random energy models
The vast amounts of time typically spent optimizing a particular analysis generally decreases the robustness of the scientific conclusion, as bugs multiply most fervently in complex and clever code.
Quaero: Motivation, Summary, Status
No surprise, if this is true, that the man who understood the floating bodies and the centers of gravity, who stated the foundations and integration, the process of mechanical discovery and mathematical rigor, who was fervently translated by Viviani and Barrow, was killed and dismissed.
Dream of a Christmas lecture
In this case, there are as many fervent defenders of the pion cloud explanation (where the pairs do interact and separate into some quasi-nucleon and pion packages) as there are of some effect related to the Pauli principle (where simply fewer u ¯u pairs are formed).
From Parity Violation to Hadron Structure and more