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 Despite the lack of respect in lists from Pro Football Focus and other sites, Jones has his ardent supporters. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals' Chandler Jones 'thanks' site for his NFL All-Decade player ranking," 12 May 2020 Sheriff Hodgson, an ardent supporter of Mr. Trump, said the disturbance was sparked after detainees refused to allow a medical team to conduct coronavirus tests. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Immigrants in ICE custody clash with Massachusetts jail officials in latest disturbance over coronavirus," 2 May 2020 But instead of firing mostly at the always-vulnerable Sheffield, ardent Trump supporters Cody Johnson and Shelby Slawson are roasting one another for alleged past personal misconduct. Dallas News, "Biden endorsed in Dallas by Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar, polls show Bernie Sanders leads, Abbott coronavirus complaint," 3 Mar. 2020 One, a recent college graduate living in Sacramento, describes himself as an ardent supporter of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.... WSJ, "Notable & Quotable: Bloomberg’s Influencers," 23 Feb. 2020 Sessions appeared to have no choice, but that detail now seems beside the point for Trump and his most ardent supporters. David Montgomery, Washington Post, "Will Alabama Take Jeff Sessions Back?," 6 Feb. 2020 In January, the Trump administration imposed travel restrictions on China following reports of the coronavirus outbreak, ignoring ardent opposition from the WHO. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Joe Scarborough: Historians will blame China and Trump for coronavirus pandemic," 20 Apr. 2020 Contrary to its posture today, the United States was an ardent proponent of the conference. Maria Ivanova, The Conversation, "The first Earth Day was a shot heard around the world," 16 Apr. 2020 An ardent young factory worker in Taiwan immigrates to America in the 1960s and manages to eke out a living for himself and his family. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Tigertail’ Review: Lost Chances, Found Feelings," 10 Apr. 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 29 May. 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.

Other Words from ardent

ardently adverb

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