adjective ar·dent \ ˈär-dᵊnt \
|Updated on: 15 Jul 2018

Definition of ardent

1 : characterized by warmth of feeling typically expressed in eager zealous support or activity
  • ardent proponents of the bill
  • an ardent admirer
  • ardent fans
2 : fiery, hot
  • an ardent sun
3 : shining, glowing
  • ardent eyes



Examples of ardent in a Sentence

  1. These ardent young nationalists, mostly still in their 20s and impatient for freedom, had acquired arms from sympathetic nationalist officers in the Indian army … —Gita MehtaVogueApril 1997
  2. In fact, Gorbachev told me, a schoolboy essay he'd written on the virtues of Stalin was considered so ardent and exemplary that "for years thereafter other children were made to read it." —David RemnickNew Yorker18 Nov. 1996
  3. During the fourth century, pagan piety in the upper classes became more elevated, more ardent, and more mystical. —Norman F. CantorThe Civilization of the Middle Ages1993
  4. made ardent declarations of love to the woman he someday hoped to marry

  5. an ardent science-fiction fan who has read virtually all of his favorite author's many works

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Origin and Etymology of ardent

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin ardent-, ardens, present participle of ardēre to burn, from ardor

Synonym Discussion of ardent

impassioned, passionate, ardent, fervent, fervid, perfervid mean showing intense feeling. impassioned implies warmth and intensity without violence and suggests fluent verbal expression.
    • an impassioned plea for justice
passionate implies great vehemence and often violence and wasteful diffusion of emotion.
    • a passionate denunciation
ardent implies an intense degree of zeal, devotion, or enthusiasm.
    • an ardent supporter of human rights
fervent stresses sincerity and steadiness of emotional warmth or zeal.
    • fervent good wishes
fervid suggests warmly and spontaneously and often feverishly expressed emotion.
    • fervid love letters
perfervid implies the expression of exaggerated or overwrought feelings.
    • perfervid expressions of patriotism

ARDENT Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of ardent for English Language Learners

  • : having or showing very strong feelings

ARDENT Defined for Kids


adjective ar·dent \ ˈär-dᵊnt \

Definition of ardent for Students

: showing or having warmth of feeling : passionate
  • She's an ardent supporter of education.



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