ardency

noun

ar·​den·​cy ˈär-dᵊn(t)-sē How to pronounce ardency (audio)
: 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, latimes.com, 3 Oct. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

ard(ent) + -ency

First Known Use

1549, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ardency was in 1549

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Cite this Entry

“Ardency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ardency. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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