ardent

[ ahr-dnt ]
/ ˈɑr dnt /

adjective

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.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM ardent

ar·dent·ly, adverbar·den·cy [ahr-dn-see], /ˈɑr dn si/, ar·dent·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for ardent

ardent
/ (ˈɑːdənt) /

adjective

expressive of or characterized by intense desire or emotion; passionateardent love
intensely enthusiastic; eageran ardent longing
glowing, flashing, or shiningardent eyes
rare burningan ardent fever

Derived forms of ardent

ardency, nounardently, adverb

Word Origin for ardent

C14: from Latin ārdēre to burn
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