View synonyms for ardor


[ ahr-der ]


  1. great warmth of feeling; fervor; passion:

    She spoke persuasively and with ardor.

    Synonyms: earnestness, intensity, spirit, fervency

  2. intense devotion, eagerness, or enthusiasm; zeal:

    his well-known ardor for Chinese art.

  3. burning heat.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of ardor1

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin, equivalent to ārd ( ēre ) to burn + -or -or 1; replacing Middle English ardure < Old French ardur < Latin, as above; 17th century ardour < Anglo-French < Latin, as above

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Example Sentences

Radiating a mixture of anxiety, cockiness and ardor, Velazquez makes Consuelo both an intriguing character in her own right and a revealing counterpoint to Celia.

He lays into the grunts—the “ooh-aah’s”—of “Chain Gang” in Miami with calcined ardor.

What she did win, though, was the ever-more intense ardor of her growing number of liberal fans.

In the end, talent and technique got the better of ardor and audacity.

The Baseball Hall of Fame inspires ardor and passion more than almost any other institution in the United States.

And when Barbara was taken from us, it was no deprivation to Barbara when my father devoted that same ardor to Nancy.

Though they look like little potsers and nudniks—wise men of Chelm—they are made vibrant by the ardor of their claims.

Jane now pursued her studies and her limitless reading with unabated ardor.

Her ardor stimulated their zeal, and her well-stored mind and fascinating conversational eloquence guided their councils.

He devoted himself with great ardor to literature, and wrote, by his own account, 12 sheets daily.

He remembered suddenly that he was still a young man, with a young man's ardor surging strong in him.

It demanded an infinite patience, combined with an inextinguishable ardor and enthusiasm.