AskDefine | Define ardent

Dictionary Definition

ardent adj
1 characterized by intense emotion; "ardent love"; "an ardent lover"; "a burning enthusiasm"; "a fervent desire to change society"; "a fervent admirer"; "fiery oratory"; "an impassioned appeal"; "a torrid love affair" [syn: burning(a), fervent, fervid, fiery, impassioned, perfervid, torrid]
2 characterized by strong enthusiasm; "ardent revolutionaries"; "warm support" [syn: warm]
3 glowing or shining like fire; "from rank to rank she darts her ardent eyes"- Alexander Pope; "frightened by his ardent burning eyes"

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Etymology

First attested circa 14th century, ardaunt, from ardant, from ardentem, nominative of ardens, present participle of ardere, "to burn."

Adjective

  1. full of ardor; fervent, passionate
  2. burning; glowing; shining

Quotations

  • 1956 — Arthur C. Clarke, The City and the Stars, p 43
    This ardent exploration, absorbing all his energy and interest, made him forget for the moment the mystery of his heritage and the anomaly that cut him off from all his fellows.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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