ardent

adjective
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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Peterson does not hate women or people of color with the dedication or drive of his most ardent fans. Laurie Penny, Longreads, "Peterson’s Complaint," 12 July 2018 Even its most ardent defenders admit that the NHS is in crisis. Sally C. Pipes, Fortune, "Why Does the Left Want Universal Health Care? Britain’s Is on Its Deathbed," 10 July 2018 Few people besides Kobach and his most ardent defenders would describe the process that way four years ago. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "‘It takes five minutes or less.’ Court ruling means new Kansas voters sign up easily," 25 June 2018 In a dramatic shift that still leaves my head spinning, Affordable Care Act plans have lost their most ardent political defenders, as Democrats have switched from downplaying premium hikes to advertising them as the GOP's fault. Washington Post, "The Health 202: Democrats are no longer touting the benefits of Obamacare," 24 May 2018 Even Casey’s most ardent defenders, those who praise his affability, professionalism, and willingness to adapt this season, must admit: Toronto did not play to its full potential against Cleveland. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "Raptors Coach Dwane Casey Wasn't Fired Because He Lost to LeBron," 11 May 2018 Mari Uyehara on how the most ardent defenders of free speech allowed fringe beliefs to go unchallenged. Mari Uyehara, GQ, "How Free Speech Warriors Mainstreamed White Supremacists," 8 May 2018 Cohen has been an ardent defender in Trump’s business, personal, and political affairs for more than a decade. Michael Boren, Philly.com, "FBI raid on Trump lawyer's office: What you need to know," 10 Apr. 2018 And like other Cup teams, the players have wrapped themselves in the flag of ardent nationalism. The Christian Science Monitor, "Why this World Cup final is like no other," 13 July 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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ardent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of ardent

: having or showing very strong feelings

ardent

adjective
ar·dent | \ ˈär-dᵊnt \

Kids Definition of ardent

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

Other words from ardent

ardently adverb

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