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ardent

[ahr-dnt]
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adjective
  1. having, expressive of, or characterized by intense feeling; passionate; fervent: an ardent vow; ardent love.
  2. intensely devoted, eager, or enthusiastic; zealous: an ardent theatergoer. an ardent student of French history.
  3. vehement; fierce: They were frightened by his ardent, burning eyes.
  4. burning, fiery, or hot: the ardent core of a star.
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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 formsar·dent·ly, adverbar·den·cy [ahr-dn-see] /ˈɑr dn si/, ar·dent·ness, noun

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1. fervid, eager, impassioned. 2. avid.
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ardent

adjective
  1. expressive of or characterized by intense desire or emotion; passionateardent love
  2. intensely enthusiastic; eageran ardent longing
  3. glowing, flashing, or shiningardent eyes
  4. rare burningan ardent fever
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Derived Formsardency, nounardently, adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Latin ārdēre to burn
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Word Origin and History for ardency

n.

1540s, "warmth of feeling, desire," from ardent + -cy. A figurative sense, the literal meaning "intensity of heat" wasn't attested in English until 1630s.

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ardent

adj.

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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