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noun ar·dor \ ˈär-dər \

Definition of ardor

1 a :an often restless or transitory warmth of feeling
  • the sudden ardors of youth
b :extreme vigor or energy :intensity
  • the ardor of a true believer
c :zeal
d :loyalty
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

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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

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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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 :warmth of feeling
  • the ardor of young love
2 :great eagerness :zeal
  • … Amy fell to painting with undiminished ardor.
  • —Louisa May Alcott, Little Women


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