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[ahr-dnt] /ˈɑr dnt/
having, expressive of, or characterized by intense feeling; passionate; fervent:
an ardent vow; ardent love.
intensely devoted, eager, or enthusiastic; zealous:
an ardent theatergoer. an ardent student of French history.
vehement; fierce:
They were frightened by his ardent, burning eyes.
burning, fiery, or hot:
the ardent core of a star.
Origin of ardent
1325-75; < Latin ārdent- (stem of ārdēns, present participle of ārdēre to burn), equivalent to ārd- burn + -ent- -ent; replacing Middle English ardant < Middle French
Related forms
ardently, adverb
[ahr-dn-see] /ˈɑr dn si/ (Show IPA),
ardentness, noun
1. fervid, eager, impassioned. 2. avid. Unabridged
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  • His ardent young eyes worshiped her as he stood on the pavement.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He trembled before this innocence, so ardent and so ingenuous.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • The brave and ardent 84th, commanded by Willis, dashes to the front.

  • This ship sent a boat, which took us on board the ardent, 64, which was then used as a prison-ship.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • When we reached the ardent, we found but four Americans in her.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for ardent


expressive of or characterized by intense desire or emotion; passionate: ardent love
intensely enthusiastic; eager: an ardent longing
glowing, flashing, or shining: ardent eyes
(rare) burning: an ardent fever
Derived Forms
ardency, noun
ardently, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin ārdēre to burn
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Word Origin and History for ardent

early 14c., of alcoholic distillates, brandy (ardent spirits), etc., from Old French ardant (13c.) "burning, hot; zealous," from Latin ardentem (nominative ardens) "glowing, fiery, hot, ablaze," also used figuratively of passions, present participle of ardere "to burn," from PIE root *as- "to burn, glow" from PIE root *as- "to burn, glow" (cf. Old English æsce "ashes;" see ash (n.1)).

Ardent spirits (late 15c.) so called because they are inflammable, but the term now, if used at all, probably is felt in the figurative sense. The figurative sense (of "burning with" passions, desire, etc.) is from late 14c.; literal sense of "burning, parching" (c.1400) remains rare. Related: Ardently.

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