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ardor

[ ahr-der ]
/ ˈɑr dər /
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noun

great warmth of feeling; fervor; passion: She spoke persuasively and with ardor.
intense devotion, eagerness, or enthusiasm; zeal: his well-known ardor for Chinese art.
burning heat.

RELATED WORDS

eagerness, zeal, earnestness, intensity, passion, fervor, warmth, zing, zest, avidity, fire, weakness, jazz, gusto, keenness, heat, vehemence, oomph, verve, fierceness

Nearby words

ardi, ardipithecus, ardipithecus kadabba, ardipithecus ramidus, ardmore, ardor, ardour, ards, arduous, arduously, ardurous
Also especially British, ar·dour.

Origin of ardor

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin, equivalent to ārd(ēre) to burn + -or -or1; replacing Middle English ardure < Old French ardur < Latin, as above; 17th century ardour < Anglo-French < Latin, as above
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ardor


n.

early 15c., "heat of passion or desire," from Old French ardure "heat, glow; passion" (12c.), from Latin ardorem (nominative ardor) "a flame, fire, burning, heat;" also of feelings, etc., "eagerness, zeal," from ardere "to burn" (see ardent). In Middle English, used of base passions; since Milton's time, of noble ones.

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