ar·​dent | \ ˈär-dᵊnt How to pronounce ardent (audio) \

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

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ardently adverb

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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

Examples of ardent in a Sentence

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 Mehta, Vogue, April 1997 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 Remnick, New Yorker, 18 Nov. 1996 During the fourth century, pagan piety in the upper classes became more elevated, more ardent, and more mystical. — Norman F. Cantor, The Civilization of the Middle Ages, 1993 made ardent declarations of love to the woman he someday hoped to marry an ardent science-fiction fan who has read virtually all of his favorite author's many works
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Recent Examples on the Web Many of the president's most ardent supporters declined altogether to view the hearings as a legitimate source for facts. Anchorage Daily News, "Dueling narratives on Trump’s actions collide for shared audience," 14 Nov. 2019 Although an ardent Union supporter, her older sister had Southern sympathies. Mary Ann Ashcraft,, "Carroll Yesteryears: Remembering a crusader from Carroll County as 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment nears," 9 Nov. 2019 Here was a group within which were some of his most ardent supporters. Lissandra Villa / Iowa City, Time, "Bernie Sanders’ Campaign Is Looking Strong. But Can He Grow His Base?," 26 Oct. 2019 So far, the Trump team has spent the most on Facebook, where the campaign has long held an advantage over Democrats in reaching its most ardent supporters. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, "Trump’s reelection campaign cashes in on impeachment woes," 1 Oct. 2019 An ardent Trump supporter and legitimate big guy, Hager would fit in nicely as a villain for the promotion. Justin Barrasso,, "ROH Expected to Crown New Champ Amid Matt Taven Contract Uncertainty," 27 Sep. 2019 But even the most ardent supporters of impeachment conceded that time might already be short, with only around 40 days in session left before the end of the year and a slew of issues on Capitol Hill that could sap additional time and energy. Nicholas Fandos,, "Democrats plan to broaden Trump impeachment inquiry to corruption accusations," 8 Sep. 2019 But even the most ardent supporters of impeachment conceded that time might already be short, with only around 40 days in session left before the end of the year and a slew of issues on Capitol Hill that could sap additional time and energy. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "Democrats to Broaden Impeachment Inquiry Into Trump to Corruption Accusations," 8 Sep. 2019 The optics were devastating to even Trump’s most ardent supporters, many expressing outrage. Letters To The Daily News, The Mercury News, "Letters to The Daily News," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of ardent

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ardent

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

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“Ardent.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of ardent

: having or showing very strong feelings


ar·​dent | \ ˈär-dᵊnt How to pronounce ardent (audio) \

Kids Definition of ardent

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

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ardently adverb

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