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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.
Also, especially British, ardour.
Origin
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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ardor
late 14c., "heat of passion or desire," from O.Fr. ardour (12c.), from L. ardorem (nom. ardor) "a flame, fire," from ardere "to burn" (see ardent). In M.E., used of base passions; since Milton's time, of noble ones.
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