[syn: excitement, excitation, inflammation, fervor, fervour]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Fervor \Fer"vor\, n. [Written also fervour.] [OF. fervor,
fervour, F. ferveur, L. fervor, fr. fervere. See Fervent.]
1. Heat; excessive warmth.
The fevor of ensuing day. --Waller.
2. Intensity of feeling or expression; glowing ardor;
passion; holy zeal; earnestness. --Hooker.
Winged with fervor of her love. --Shak.
Syn: Fervor, Ardor.
Usage: Fervor is a boiling heat, and ardor is a burning heat.
Hence, in metaphor, we commonly use fervor and its
derivatives when we conceive of thoughts or emotions
under the image of ebullition, or as pouring
themselves forth. Thus we speak of the fervor of
passion, fervid declamation, fervid importunity,
fervent supplication, fervent desires, etc. Ardent is
used when we think of anything as springing from a
deepseated glow of soul; as, ardent friendship, ardent
zeal, ardent devotedness; burning with ardor for the
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
125 Moby Thesaurus words for "fervor":
Amor, Christian love, Eros, Platonic love, abandon, admiration,
adoration, affection, agape, anger, animation, application,
ardency, ardor, assiduity, assiduousness, attachment, bodily love,
brotherly love, calenture, caritas, charity, commitment,
committedness, concentration, conjugal love, dedication, desire,
devotedness, devotion, devoutness, diligence, eagerness,
earnestness, ebullience, ecstasy, energeticalness, energy,
enthusiasm, excitement, faith, faithful love, faithfulness, fancy,
fervency, fervidity, fervidness, fidelity, fieriness, fire, flame,
fondness, free love, free-lovism, furor, fury, glow, gusto, heart,
heartiness, heat, heatedness, hero worship, hurrah, idolatry,
idolism, idolization, impassionedness, indefatigability,
industriousness, industry, intensity, intentness, laboriousness,
lasciviousness, libido, like, liking, liveliness, love, lovemaking,
loyalty, married love, passion, passionateness, physical love,
piety, piousness, popular regard, popularity, regard,
relentlessness, relish, resolution, savor, sedulity, sedulousness,
sentiment, seriousness, sex, sexual desire, sexual love, shine,
sincerity, solemnity, soul, spirit, spiritual love, strenuousness,
tender feeling, tender passion, tirelessness, truelove,
unsparingness, uxoriousness, vehemence, verve, warmth,
warmth of feeling, weakness, wholeheartedness, worship, yearning,