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fervent
used in 1776

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Definition
characterized by intense emotion or passionate belief
  • "We have consulted our wishes rather than our reason in the indulgence of an idea of accommodation," Nathanael Greene wrote in another fervent letter to Samuel Ward in Philadelphia.
    p. 68.2
  • It was his political sense that Congress and the patriots of New York expected every effort to be made to hold the city, and that anything less would have devastating political effect on the people at large and thus on the American cause, which Washington fervently hoped would soon become the cause of American independence.
    p. 118.5
  • Lord Rawdon, who was with General Clinton in the lead boat, later wrote that the Hessians, unaccustomed to "this water business" and fearful of being fired on when packed so closely, began singing hymns, while the redcoats responded in their own fashion, "by damning themselves and the enemy indiscriminately with wonderful fervency."
    p. 211.5

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