ar·​dor | \ ˈär-dər How to pronounce ardor (audio) \

Definition of ardor

1a : 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

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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

Examples of ardor in a Sentence

the sudden ardors of youth candidates for citizenship reciting the oath of allegiance to the United States with all the ardor that they could muster
Recent Examples on the Web Along with the ideal of ardor, the makeup artist looked to the most romantic of florals as inspiration when conceptualizing the collection—particularly the new line of lipsticks and tints. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "For Those in Search of the Perfect Wedding-Day Makeup, Charlotte Tilbury Has a New Collection," 29 Apr. 2021 The rise of the anti-state and anti-corporate Tea Party followed by the rhetorical populism of Donald Trump has cooled their mutual ardor. Howard Gleckman, Forbes, "Will The Rift Between The GOP And Big Business Lead To Higher Corporate Taxes?," 20 Apr. 2021 Knowledge swims up from invention and imagination—from ardor—and sometimes even an essay can invent, burn, guess, try out, dig up, hurtle forward, succumb to that flood of sign and nuance that adds up to intuition, disclosure, discovery. Cathleen Schine, The New York Review of Books, "The Struggle and the Scramble," 16 Mar. 2021 Meanwhile, whether voiced as revulsion toward Obama or adulation of Trump, the religious right became more extreme in its politics and more unyielding in its ardor for cultural fights. Matthew Sitman, The New Republic, "Whither the Religious Left?," 15 Apr. 2021 But would their ardor for their favorite collegiate team dissolve if the players were simply paid high salaries with little pretense of earning a degree? Richard Vedder, Forbes, "Will The Exploitation Of College Athletes Decline Soon?," 5 Apr. 2021 In a March 12 appearance on Clubhouse, Field professed his ardor for CryptoPunks, a collection of characters that were among the earliest NFTs on the Ethereum blockchain. Anne Quito, Quartz, "What the NFT crypto art craze means for artists," 27 Mar. 2021 The redemptive ardor of literature, one of Ozick’s recurring themes, does not give up easily, however. Cathleen Schine, The New York Review of Books, "The Struggle and the Scramble," 16 Mar. 2021 The inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, who spent her disco-dancing teenage years in Montreal, has renewed the ardor between the two allies, while vaccination has created cautious optimism about taming the pandemic. Dan Bilefsky, Star Tribune, "Canada misses American tourist money, but sees some upside," 14 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of ardor

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for ardor

Middle English ardour, borrowed from Anglo-French ardur, ardour "burning, fever, passion," borrowed from Latin ardōr-, ardor "burning, flash of light, extreme heat, mental excitement, eagerness, passion," from ardēre "to burn, be fiercely hot, be violently excited, be eager" + -ōr-, -or (earlier *-ōs-, *-ōs), abstract noun suffix ardent

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The first known use of ardor was in the 14th century

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12 May 2021

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“Ardor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ardor

: a strong feeling of energy or eagerness
: a strong feeling of love


ar·​dor | \ ˈär-dər How to pronounce ardor (audio) \

Kids Definition of ardor

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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