having, expressive of, or characterized by intense feeling; passionate; fervent: an ardent vow; ardent love.
intensely devoted, eager, or enthusiastic; zealous: an ardent theatergoer. an ardent student of French history.
vehement; fierce: They were frightened by his ardent, burning eyes.
burning, fiery, or hot: the ardent core of a star.

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

ardently, adverb
ardency [ahr-dn-see] , ardentness, noun

1. fervid, eager, impassioned. 2. avid. Unabridged
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ardent (ˈɑːdənt)
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
[C14: from Latin ārdēre to burn]

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Word Origin & History

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.

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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