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Today's Word "perfervid"

Ardent or impassioned on

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perfervid \puhr-FUR-vid\ (adjective) - Ardent; impassioned; marked by exaggerated or overwrought emotion.

"To court their own discomfiture by love is a common instinct with certain perfervid women, whose temerity in this respect resembles that of the daring aristocrats who, previous to the French Revolution, patronised and coquetted with the philosophy which afterwards proved their ruin." -- Thomas Hardy, "Return of the Native"

Perfervid is from Latin per-, "through, thoroughly" + fervidus, "boiling," from fervere, "to boil."

 

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