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ardent spirits

plural noun
1.
strong alcoholic liquors made by distillation, as brandy, whiskey, or gin.
Origin of ardent spirits
1790-1800
1790-1800
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  • Do you say that ardent spirits, as they are commonly drank, do not produce these effects except in a very slight degree?

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  • He therefore, from that time, should furnish them with no ardent spirits.

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  • Again: The total disuse of ardent spirits, on the part of parents, is the only plan of safety in bringing up their children.

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  • I will take a man in health, and give him a glass of ardent spirits.

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  • His torpid look, flushed countenance, and uneasy respiration, convinced me that he had taken a large quantity of ardent spirits.

  • But it is this moderate use of ardent spirits that produces all the excess.

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  • Here you have an account of the cost of ardent spirits, calculated within bounds.

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  • It is this temperate use of ardent spirits that must be discontinued.

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  • Not less destructive are the effects of ardent spirits upon the human mind.

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  • Your father might have been engaged in the traffic in ardent spirits.

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British Dictionary definitions for ardent spirits

ardent spirits

plural noun
1.
spirits, such as rum, whisky, etc
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