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A.Word.A.Day--perfervid

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This week's theme: Adjectives

perfervid (puhr-FUHR-vid)

adjective: Extremely or excessively passionate.

[From Latin perfervidus, from Latin per- (thoroughly) + fervidus (boiling). Ultimately from the Indo-European root bhreu- (to boil or to bubble), that is also the source of brew, bread, broth, braise, brood, breed, and barmy.]

"It's a grand conclusion to a perfervid opera that can boil in the right hands and mouths."
Donald Rosenberg; Traditional Puccini, Boiling-hot Passion; The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio); Oct 22 2007.

See more usage examples of perfervid in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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