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ardor

[ahr-der] /ˈɑr dər/
noun
1.
great warmth of feeling; fervor; passion:
She spoke persuasively and with ardor.
2.
intense devotion, eagerness, or enthusiasm; zeal:
his well-known ardor for Chinese art.
3.
burning heat.
Origin of ardor
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin, equivalent to ārd(ēre) to burn + -or -or1; replacing Middle English ardure < Old French ardur < Latin, as above; 17th century ardour < Anglo-French < Latin, as above
Synonyms
1. fervency, spirit, earnestness, intensity.
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n.

early 15c., "heat of passion or desire," from Old French ardure "heat, glow; passion" (12c.), from Latin ardorem (nominative ardor) "a flame, fire, burning, heat;" also of feelings, etc., "eagerness, zeal," from ardere "to burn" (see ardent). In Middle English, used of base passions; since Milton's time, of noble ones.

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