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or (especially British) ardour

[ahr-der] /ˈɑr dər/
great warmth of feeling; fervor; passion:
She spoke persuasively and with ardor.
intense devotion, eagerness, or enthusiasm; zeal:
his well-known ardor for Chinese art.
burning heat.
Origin of ardor
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
1. fervency, spirit, earnestness, intensity. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Joyce, I reflected, mundanely, had clearly swept her off her feet in the ardor of their first meeting and instant love.

  • The ardor of Mr. Gladstone's feelings on this subject is notorious.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • Such was her ardor and enthusiasm that she sang in the winter of 1874-5 no less than one hundred and twenty-five times.

  • Man-like, hot with the ardor of the chase, he was deaf and blind to all else.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • It is wonderful how quickly one's ardor disappears, when, from being the hunter, he becomes the hunted.

    Buffalo Land W. E. Webb
Word Origin and History for ardor

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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