Origin of ardent
Examples from the Web for ardent
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|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|DAILY BEAST
No one agreed more than the members of an ardent and motivated fan base within the CIA.
I hear it again in my ears, as I did that day in October 1971, ardent and raspy, unchanged by the passage of time.Bernard-Henri Lévy: André Malraux’s Bangladesh, Before the Radicals|Bernard-Henri Lévy|April 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As a result, Dugin, one of the ardent supporters and creators of that ideology, is beginning to attract international attention.Alexander Dugin: The Crazy Ideologue of the New Russian Empire|Oleg Shynkarenko|April 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I obeyed, in the ardent hope that at last I had done with papers and accounts.Dr. Dumany's Wife|Mr Jkai
He knew the power of constant attention, and the display of ardent passion, to win the female heart.Tales And Novels, Volume 7 (of 10)|Maria Edgeworth
For with the strict morality and ardent zeal of a Puritan he united some accomplishments of which few Puritans could boast.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
Only, the desire must be ardent as a flame, in a soul pure as crystal.The Way of Initiation|Rudolf Steiner
They are ardent advocates of democracy notwithstanding the very explicit condemnations of popular government by the Popes.Six Major Prophets|Edwin Emery Slosson
British Dictionary definitions for ardent
Word Origin for ardent
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.