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Extremely or extravagantly eager; impassioned or zealous.

per·fer′vid·ly adv.
per·fer′vid·ness n.
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(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
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(pərˈfɜr vɪd)

very fervent; extremely ardent; impassioned.
per•fer′vid•ly, adv.
per•fer′vid•ness, n.
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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
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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 if you want to mull over something more intimate and personal about Mariah, the gracefully limned self-referential 'Portrait' asserts her followers' perfervid plea to her naysayers that not everything about the enduring diva reeks of self-entitlement and faded glory.
First, of course, we have the perfervid denials by President Donald Trump and many Republicans that his words and speeches have anything to do with the recent violence.
The perfervid devotion to Eurasian domination with which these three participated in the packing off of President Aristide epitomizes a wicked wheel misshaped in its hub as anti-ADP and pro-Eurocentric interests.
It may well e that his perfervid efforts to link anthropology directly to the current political situation go beyond what is reasonable, though there is no doubt that forging such a connection is a key reason he wrote this book.
Barrie's "strange morbidity and perfervid preoccupation with death" (324).
Smiling wanly, I acknowledged my students' presence and then beat a hasty retreatfrom them as well as their perfervid embrace of Halloween.
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.