- 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.
Origin of ardor
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Examples from the Web for ardour
But Jack Scott came in and entered into the “game,” as he called it, with ardour.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
It is possible, my friend, that your ardour is a little compromising.Little Dorrit
And so on, in all the spirit and ardour of that charming hymn.The Letters of Robert Burns
Imogen, you are too beautiful—I have beheld you too long—I have admired you with too fierce an ardour.Imogen
Her death did not weaken my resolutions nor slacken my ardour.The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete
Madame La Marquise De Montespan
It was in this ardour of spirit that he adopted the Romish cause.
- feelings of great intensity and warmth; fervour
- eagerness; zeal
Word Origin and History for ardour
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.