intensely devoted, eager, or enthusiastic; zealous: an ardent theatergoer;an ardent student of French history.
fiercely bright; glowing like fire: They were frightened by his ardent, burning eyes.
Archaic or Literary. burning, fiery, or hot: the ardent core of a star.
- ar·dent·ly, adverb
- ar·den·cy [ahr-dn-see], /ˈɑr dn si/, ar·dent·ness, noun
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How to use ardent in a sentence
The outré character is sure to throw even the most ardent fans of the Golden Globe winner for a loop.Michael C. Hall on Going Drag for ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and Exorcising ‘Dexter’ | Marlow Stern | December 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Many people are ambivalent about it, including many ardent pro-choice activists.Ten Reasons Women Are Losing While Gays Keep Winning | Jay Michaelson | July 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Certain elements of the conservative blogosphere have become ardent supporters of McDaniel.Racists and Conspiracy Nuts Turn Cochran Call Into The Biggest Campaign Sh*tshow of 2014 | Ben Jacobs | July 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The pathetic dives and writhing on the field is a turn off to the most ardent American fan.What Hillary Clinton Can Learn From Portugal, Costa Rica, and England in the World Cup | Nathan Daschle | July 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
No one agreed more than the members of an ardent and motivated fan base within the CIA.
A burning crimson flushed over the cheek of Wharton, as Louis uttered this ardent appeal to friendship and to Heaven.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
He felt that all her force, like a strong and ardent stream, was flowing into the new channel which he had cut for her.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
It was a stirring time, for Scotchmen encounter their Hogmanhay with ardent spirits.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
Suchet, an ardent student of human nature, was quick to appreciate how to turn to his use this provincialism.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
At any rate, they petitioned Parliament for the removal of this too ardent fisherman, and he was sequestered accordingly.The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries | Charles G. Harper
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
- ardency, noun
- ardently, adverb
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