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noun ar·dor \ˈär-dər\

Definition of ardor

  1. 1a :  an often restless or transitory warmth of feeling the sudden ardors of youthb :  extreme vigor or energy :  intensity the ardor of a true believerc :  zeald :  loyalty

  2. 2 :  sexual excitement

Examples of ardor in a sentence

  1. the sudden ardors of youth

  2. candidates for citizenship reciting the oath of allegiance to the United States with all the ardor that they could muster

Origin and Etymology of ardor

Middle English ardour, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin ardor burning, heat, ardor, from aridus dry — more at arid


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of ardor

passion, fervor, ardor, enthusiasm, zeal mean intense emotion compelling action. passion applies to an emotion that is deeply stirring or ungovernable was a slave to his passions. fervor implies a warm and steady emotion read the poem aloud with great fervor. ardor suggests warm and excited feeling likely to be fitful or short-lived the ardor of their honeymoon soon faded. enthusiasm applies to lively or eager interest in or admiration for a proposal, cause, or activity never showed much enthusiasm for sports. zeal implies energetic and unflagging pursuit of an aim or devotion to a cause preaches with fanatical zeal.

ARDOR Defined for English Language Learners

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noun ar·dor \ˈär-dər\

Definition of ardor for English Language Learners

  • : a strong feeling of energy or eagerness

  • : a strong feeling of love


ARDOR Defined for Kids

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noun ar·dor \ˈär-dər\

Definition of ardor for Students

  1. 1 :  warmth of feeling the ardor of young love

  2. 2 :  great eagerness :  zeal … Amy fell to painting with undiminished ardor. — Louisa May Alcott, Little Women



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