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fervid

FUR-vid

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Hattie was a fervid, passionate volunteer who felt that helping others was essential to life. Her fervid, enthusiastic energy and attention made the elders at the hospital feel cared for and loved. Hattie also volunteered at the elementary school, fervidly and eagerly supporting students in their work and boosting their confidence. Hattie’s fervid and spirited dedication earned her the service award for the year.

Quiz: When is one considered fervid?

  • When that person puts his or her own needs aside for others.
  • When that person follows his or her calling to do a particular work.
  • When that person’s feelings about something are truly enthusiastic and intense.

Memory Hook
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Ferret Video "Have you seen my new ferret video? It's the best! It's all about my pet ferret who is so funny and I'll bet you anything that it's going to win an Oscar. It's the best ferret video ever made!" We all couldn't believe that Bill was so fervid about a silly ferret home video.

Examples
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  • When it came to crowd shots at Shea and Yankee stadiums, Fox’s 22 cameras favored fervid fans with hands pressed together in supplication. —Sports Illustrated
  • When it came to crowd shots at Shea and Yankee stadiums, Fox’s 22 cameras favored fervid fans with hands pressed together in supplication. —CNN
  • While Jimmy Carter has settled most of his indignation on getting rich unfairly — on tax loopholes and the lobbyists who preserve and enlarge them — his fervid campaign cries often have biblical overtones suggesting that the wealthy are vaguely evil. —TIME
  • Such loyalty — not to principle, conscience or integrity but to the boss — is as much an essential ingredient for failure as are incorrect intelligence reports or fervid ideology. —The Atlantic

Word Ingredients
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ferv boil, be hot
-id of or relating to

If someone is fervid about a belief he or she is “boiling over” with enthusiasm about it.

Word Theater
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Billy on the Street This reporter is fervid about the actress Meryl Streep!
Fervid

Word Constellation
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Word Variants
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fervent adj showing great enthusiasm
fervor n enthusiasm