ar·​den·​cy | \ ˈär-dᵊn(t)-sē How to pronounce ardency (audio) \

Definition of ardency

: the quality or state of being ardent

Examples of ardency in a Sentence

the ardency in the social worker's voice surprised me
Recent Examples on the Web But even at his most frustrating, the ardency of his thinking draws us to him. Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2022 His impassioned speeches the last two weeks endear him to many players, but his ardency proved irksome to others. Joseph Longo, Vulture, 8 Dec. 2021 Jefferson had seen Monacans go in groups to visit the mounds, but the knowledge of their reverence and the ardency of their devotion didn’t satisfy him. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 28 Dec. 2020 But the actor brings the ardency and intensity of a much younger man. Charles Mcnulty,, 3 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of ardency

1549, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ardency

ard(ent) + -ency

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2 Jun 2022

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“Ardency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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