ardent spirits

plural noun
strong alcoholic liquors made by distillation, as brandy, whiskey, or gin.

Origin:
1790–1800

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ardent spirits
 
pl n
spirits, such as rum, whisky, etc

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Example sentences
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.
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