ar·​dent | \ ˈär-dᵊnt \

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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Other Words from ardent

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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An ardent fan of seeing movie theaters in his personal life Reitman, is one of the directors who has not yet made the leap to a digital platform like Amazon or Netflix. Eric Johnson, Recode, "‘The Front Runner’ director Jason Reitman says technology has taught today’s young people how to be great filmmakers," 1 Nov. 2018 Of course, just as with Kickstarter, that’s more of a marketing half-truth than a reality, and the new OnePlus 6T shows a company willing to defy and disappoint its most ardent fans. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "OnePlus 6T review: revised formula, same results," 29 Oct. 2018 Though his debut certainly flipped the script on existing house codes, Slimane already had several ardent fans in the front row, including Lady Gaga. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Lady Gaga Embraces Hedi Slimane’s New Glam-Grunge Celine," 29 Sep. 2018 The concept, and other new tactics, also offer hope for the industry’s future; even some of the most ardent supporters of active managers have struggled to justify paying higher fees for funds that can’t beat the market. Justin Baer, WSJ, "New Funds Take Pay Cut If They Can’t Beat the Market," 5 Nov. 2018 With daylight saving time fast approaching—and darkness settling in earlier with each passing week—suddenly even the most ardent worker bees can struggle to make it from nine to five without multiple cups of coffee. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "These Natural Energy Boosters Are the Cure for a Midday Slump," 24 Oct. 2018 Even the most ardent Trump supporter doesn’t challenge his oncologist’s cancer diagnosis, or walk into a physics conference and question the validity of string theory. Sean Illing, Vox, "A philosopher explains America’s “post-truth” problem," 14 Aug. 2018 Unite the Right was real, taking place in a public space in full view of the world, and the vast majority of the country — including Trump’s most ardent supporters — found what happened in Charlottesville horrifying and repulsive. Jane Coaston, Vox, "The alt-right is debating whether to try to look less like Nazis," 10 Aug. 2018 One of Sayoc’s former bosses in Florida described the man, an apparent ardent Trump supporter, as openly racist and homophobic. Tyrone Beason / Columnist, The Seattle Times, "This is not the time to compromise: Our open society is worth fighting for," 29 Oct. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of ardent

: having or showing very strong feelings


ar·​dent | \ ˈär-dᵊnt \

Kids Definition of ardent

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

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