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ardor

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noun ar·dor \ˈär-dər\

Simple Definition of ardor

  • : a strong feeling of energy or eagerness

  • : a strong feeling of love

Full Definition of ardor

  1. 1 a :  an often restless or transitory warmth of feeling <the sudden ardors of youth> b :  extreme vigor or energy :  intensity c :  zeal d :  loyalty

  2. 2 :  sexual excitement

Examples of ardor

  1. the sudden ardors of youth

  2. <candidates for citizenship reciting the oath of allegiance to the United States with all the ardor that they could muster>



Origin of ardor

Middle English ardour, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin ardor burning, heat, ardor, from aridus dry — more at arid


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of ardor

passion, fervor, ardor, enthusiasm, zeal mean intense emotion compelling action. passion applies to an emotion that is deeply stirring or ungovernable <was a slave to his passions>. fervor implies a warm and steady emotion <read the poem aloud with great fervor>. ardor suggests warm and excited feeling likely to be fitful or short-lived <the ardor of their honeymoon soon faded>. enthusiasm applies to lively or eager interest in or admiration for a proposal, cause, or activity <never showed much enthusiasm for sports>. zeal implies energetic and unflagging pursuit of an aim or devotion to a cause <preaches with fanatical zeal>.

Rhymes with ardor


ARDOR Defined for Kids

ardor

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noun ar·dor \ˈär-dər\

Definition of ardor

  1. 1 :  warmth of feeling <the ardor of young love>

  2. 2 :  great eagerness :  zeal <… Amy fell to painting with undiminished ardor. — Louisa May Alcott, Little Women>





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