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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 ?
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.
I don't know where I was most miserable," I rejoined, beginning to see the matter in a less perfervid light.
But as always we call for a better observance of the Feast, to include - apart from route planning, stringent safety measures, and an antilittering drive requiring that procession participants pick up after themselves - a vigorous education campaign to benefit devotees whether young or old, whether perfervid or merely pious.
and the sentimentalist liberal position that says, in effect, that a boy cultivated by the perfervid Islam of Bangladesh is exactly the same as a boy from Copenhagen or Prague and will respond to America in the same manner.
Smiling wanly, I acknowledged my students' presence and then beat a hasty retreatfrom them as well as their perfervid embrace of Halloween.
However, religion in the forms brought to ADP through Eurasian cultures-irrespective of origination with ADP (ben-Jochannon 1970; Johnson 1968), particularly Judaism (ben-Jochannan 1983, 1985; ben-Yahonatan 1983), Christianity (Barashango 1982; ben-Jochannon 1978), and Dar-al-Islam (Azibo 2014; Chinweizu 2006, 2013)-enjoys unwarranted, perfervid loyalty among ADP that only retards them.
Reading the perfervid attacks on neo-liberalism today, one is put in mind of what George Orwell observed seven decades ago about "fascism," a word with "no meaning except in so far as it signifies 'something not desirable.
To sum up, only in the perfervid imaginations of the politically correct--those who reject the idea of borders--could the Syrian refugee controversy be confused with a constitutional controversy.
The voting by students of the university, which was then known as University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire, was "practically unanimous" for Rhiwbina, despite "many perfervid speeches" in favour of the more conventional choices of Cardiff and Swansea.
After many perfervid speeches in favour of Cardiff and Swansea, it was decided by a practically unanimous vote that the capital should be Rhiwbina, on the following grounds which were deemed conclusive: | It is surrounded, like Rome, by seven hills; | It was reported to have once had a castle; | It had a large and important industry, viz, the manufacture of cheese and quarrying; | It was situated in the centre of an extensive railway system, being three miles and a half from five important stations: Llanishen, Caerphilly, Radyr, Walnut Tree and Llandaff.
Anyone who doubts this perfervid account of the young gray-eyed Melville (his eyes were blue) and the former mistress of the Libertador is directed by Von Hagen to the Bulletin of the Colombian Academy of History at Bogota (February 1952), an issue that when sought out in Bogota by Adolfo Gomez in 1996, was found no to mention neither Manuela nor Herman.
Sanders is, for example, a perfervid supporter of gun control and heavy, progressive, ubiquitous taxation, and, in general, government involvement in every conceivable aspect of our private lives.