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ardent

[ahr-dnt] /ˈɑr dnt/
adjective
1.
having, expressive of, or characterized by intense feeling; passionate; fervent:
an ardent vow; ardent love.
2.
intensely devoted, eager, or enthusiastic; zealous:
an ardent theatergoer. an ardent student of French history.
3.
vehement; fierce:
They were frightened by his ardent, burning eyes.
4.
burning, fiery, or hot:
the ardent core of a star.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; < Latin ārdent- (stem of ārdēns, present participle of ārdēre to burn), equivalent to ārd- burn + -ent- -ent; replacing Middle English ardant < Middle French
Related forms
ardently, adverb
ardency
[ahr-dn-see] /ˈɑr dn si/ (Show IPA),
ardentness, noun
Synonyms
1. fervid, eager, impassioned. 2. avid.
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British Dictionary definitions for ardency

ardent

/ˈɑːdənt/
adjective
1.
expressive of or characterized by intense desire or emotion; passionate ardent love
2.
intensely enthusiastic; eager an ardent longing
3.
glowing, flashing, or shining ardent eyes
4.
(rare) burning an ardent fever
Derived Forms
ardency, noun
ardently, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin ārdēre to burn
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Word Origin and History for ardency
ardent
late 14c. (ardently is attested from mid-14c.), from O.Fr. ardant (13c.), from L. ardentem (nom. ardens), prp. of ardere "to burn," from PIE base *as- "to burn, glow" (cf. Skt. asah "ashes, dust;" Armenian azazem "I dry up;" Gk. azein "to dry up, parch;" Goth. azgo, O.E. æsce "ashes;" L. ardus "parched, dry"). The fig. sense (of passions, desire, etc.) was earliest in Eng.; literal sense of "burning, parching" (mid-15c.) remains rare. Ardent spirits (1471) "strong alcoholic liquor" so called because they are inflammable, but the term now, if used at all, probably is felt in the figurative sense.
ardency
1540s, "warmth of feeling, desire," from ardent. A figurative sense, the literal meaning "intensity of heat" wasn't attested until 1630s.
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