fervent ˈfər-vənt adjective
1. characterized by intense emotion
2. characterized by extreme heat
The word fervent has appeared in 235 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Nov. 17 in “Ford Wants to Sell You an Electric S.U.V. It’s Called a Mustang” by Neal E. Boudette:
Ford Motor’s latest offering seems like an oxymoron twice over: It’s a sport utility vehicle that’s electric … that’s a Mustang.
It’s also Detroit’s biggest bet yet on a mass-market future for battery-powered cars.
…. European luxury-car makers like Jaguar, Audi and Mercedes-Benz have added electrified models — all S.U.V.s. Tesla, which has a fervent following, is on track to sell about 360,000 cars this year and is supposed to add a fourth model, a crossover vehicle, next year.