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 Professional sports teams make billions of dollars and have millions of ardent fans who are loathe to give up their team's icons and traditions, no matter how problematic. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "How the Kansas City Chiefs got their name, and why it's so controversial," 1 Feb. 2020 Slay has long been one of Bryant's most ardent fans, often championing the case in locker room debates that Bryant was the best basketball player of this generation. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-Detroit Lions CB Teez Tabor: 'God's plan' I got hurt, ended up in Super Bowl with 49ers," 29 Jan. 2020 The Everglades were designated a national park in 1947, the same year that its most ardent fan, the environmentalist Douglas, published her book. Nina Burleigh, New York Times, "Tears for the Magnificent and Shrinking Everglades, a ‘River of Grass’," 27 Jan. 2020 While most probably glossed over the seemingly innocuous date, Swift’s ardent fans honed in on it, noting that she wasn’t born on November 23, 1989. Melissa Locker, Time, "Getting Into the Holiday Spirit, Taylor Swift Releases a New Christmas Song — With Fans Identifying a Possible 'Easter Egg' Moment Too," 6 Dec. 2019 Outside of the church, his family, and his work as a business owner, Seth was an ardent UCONN Women's basketball fan, and an avid reader., "Seth M. Tulman," 1 Dec. 2019 Over the course of Michael Phelps’ four unforgettable Olympics, his mother, Debbie Phelps, was always one of his most ardent supporters. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Pump Yourself Up for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games With 5 of the Best Olympics Parent Reactions of All Time," 24 Jan. 2020 Graham has been one of Trump's most ardent supporters and has repeatedly called for a quick dismissal of the Senate trial against the president. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "'Good job’: Lindsey Graham congratulates Adam Schiff on impeachment trial performance," 23 Jan. 2020 Romney’s ardent supporters also tout his character and integrity, qualities shaped by the Mormon faith, which occupies the center of his life. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, "Mitt Romney Returns to the National Stage in the Senate Impeachment Trial," 21 Jan. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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