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[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.
Also, especially British, ardour.
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
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Examples from the web for ardour
  • The troops were pressing forward with all the ardour and enthusiasm of combat.
  • She accedes to the proposal with nearly as much ardour as.
  • Such was his ardour and affection for this heavenly exercise, that he seemed to pray everywhere, and at all times.
  • He threw into the effort all the ardour of a generous and enthusiastic nature.
  • His ardour and idealism prepare us for the deeper spiritual sublimity of the puritan poet.
  • Such was the ardour of his devotion, that he lived as it were in the perpetual contemplation of heavenly things.
  • The frequent use of the sacraments kindled every time fresh ardour in her soul.
  • His ardour in the perfect practice of virtue strengthened him against the bad example of many tepid companions.
  • It is incredible with what ardour the king exhorted his people, especially his domestics, to the practice of all virtues.
British Dictionary definitions for ardour


feelings of great intensity and warmth; fervour
eagerness; zeal
Word Origin
C14: from Old French ardour, from Latin ārdor, from ārdēre to burn
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Word Origin and History for ardour

chiefly British English spelling of ardor (q.v.); for spelling, see -or.



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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