ardor

[ahr-der]

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.

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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Word Origin and History for 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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