ardency

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

Definition of ardency

: the quality or state of being ardent

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Examples of ardency in a Sentence

the ardency in the social worker's voice surprised me
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "What Thomas Jefferson Could Never Understand About Jesus," 28 Dec. 2020 But the actor brings the ardency and intensity of a much younger man. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "An actor transcends age: John Douglas Thompson melts away the years to play Hamlet at A.C.T.," 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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“Ardency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ardency. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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