plural noun 1
strong alcoholic liquors made by distillation, as brandy, whiskey, or gin.
spirits, such as rum, whisky, etc
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He indulged so little in the use of ardent spirits that you could scarcely say lie drank anything.
They were out late on the night after their arrival, and imbibed much ardent spirits during their rambles.
The single article of ardent spirits, under federal regulation, might be made to furnish a considerable revenue.