V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: showing great intensity of feeling or zeal
Synonyms: impassioned, zealous, burning, earnest, vehement, ardent
Antonyms: dispirited, indifferent, cool, unenthusiastic
Tips: Fervent literally means "very hot." Think, fever or passion for something. Fervent often precedes the word "desire" to indicate degree of motivation. Fervent is synonymous with fervid, vehement, ardent, and zealous. All these words are used to describe deep, passionate emotions and beliefs. The origin of these words come from root words that meant to boil (fervid and fervent), fire (ardent), strong force (vehement) and religious passion (zealous). Fervent and ardent are best used to describe deep burning passion for a cause, something, or someone. Vehement is used to describe a person's deep convictions. Zealous is often used to describe a person who is passionate about something like religion and wants to "convert" people to their way of thinking.
The ambitious student had a fervent desire to complete her college education in three years. (impassioned, earnest)
Opposing fervent belief systems cause much dissention in some parts of the world. (zealous)
Her fervent desire to help those in need led her to join the peace corps and travel to Africa to feed starving children. (impassioned)
He was fervent in his political views and enjoyed discussing them at length. (zealous, ardent)
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