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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the ardency in the social worker's voice surprised me
Recent Examples on the Web But the actor brings the ardency and intensity of a much younger man. Charles Mcnulty,, "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

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“Ardency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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