fervor

Use fervor to describe an intensity of emotion or expression. Fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers show so much fervor that they "bleed Dodger blue."

This noun comes to us from Latin fervere, meaning "to boil, glow." In the English word fervor, the suffix –or means "a condition or property of something." There is another –or suffix that means "a person or thing that does the thing expressed by the verb." A corresponding adjective is fervent; synonyms of the noun and adjective are ardor and ardent.

Definitions of fervor
  1. noun
    feelings of great warmth and intensity
    synonyms: ardor, ardour, fervency, fervidness, fervour, fire
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    types:
    zeal
    excessive fervor to do something or accomplish some end
    type of:
    passion, passionateness
    a strong feeling or emotion
  2. noun
    the state of being emotionally aroused and worked up
    synonyms: excitation, excitement, fervour, inflammation
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    types:
    fever pitch
    a state of extreme excitement
    sensation
    a state of widespread public excitement and interest
    type of:
    emotional arousal
    the arousal of strong emotions and emotional behavior
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