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Related to perfervid: puissant, lackadaisical


Extremely or extravagantly eager; impassioned or zealous.

per·fer′vid·ly adv.
per·fer′vid·ness n.


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) literary extremely ardent, enthusiastic, or zealous
[C19: from New Latin perfervidus, from Latin per- (intensive) + fervidus fervid]
perˈfervidly adv
perˈfervidness, ˌperferˈvidity, perˈfervour, perˈfervor n


(pərˈfɜr vɪd)

very fervent; extremely ardent; impassioned.
per•fer′vid•ly, adv.
per•fer′vid•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.perfervid - 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"
passionate - having or expressing strong emotions


References in classic literature ?
I don't know where I was most miserable," I rejoined, beginning to see the matter in a less perfervid light.
After a season of scepticism he had become a religious man, like the rest of his race, but in his own fashion, which was not at all the fashion of my grandfather: a Friend who had married out of Meeting, and had ended a perfervid Methodist.
207-20, for a less perfervid and more realistic account of what the first Christian emperor could, could not, or would not do.
Does it suggest that we constantly change as we pull ourselves out of moral complacency, or is it "something perfervid and dangerous" (139) that focuses too narrowly and obsessively on its goal?
The argument over whether America should promote global cooperation and collective security through an international organization such as the League had pitted President Wilson -- its most perfervid advocate -- against Republicans led by Henry Cabot Lodge, who supported the League in theory but wanted firmer guarantees that America's sovereignty would not be threatened, nor her economic interests harmed.
Kinzer is surely right to raise doubts about the perfervid embrace of American exceptionalism that has become de rigueur for politicians, Democratic or Republican, to asseverate piously.
Given this "gun behind the door," even the most perfervid advocate of laissez-faire is unlikely to disagree with Depew's choice.
BUSTEED, Mervyn, '"Plentiful Libations of Whisky, Perfervid Irish Oratory and Some Religious Sentiment': Celebrating St.
At the same time, it is perfectly possible to own up to being a perfervid Lawrentian--I am guilty as charged--but equally to see why some people may find aspects of his oeuvre almost repugnant.
We also recall that IB Griffith was a staunch Labour supporter; John Eilian a perfervid Tory.
The problem, of course, always has been that the perfervid defenders and malevolent critics have the same misunderstanding.
2) In this perfervid vein, anti-Jacobin opinion developed the trope of the rationalistic social philosopher creating a wild, death-dealing force--Revolution--that he cannot control and that ultimately destroys its creator.