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
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 Esther is in love with literally the boy next door, John (Tom Drake), who is too clueless to comprehend her coy ardor. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "Home theater: Escape into the joyous world of musicals," 22 Apr. 2020 The ardor of the Discovery Investigation naturalists had an outcome that some surely did not intend: krill began to tempt the nations that had hunted whales near to extinction. Lucy Jakub, Harper's magazine, "A View to a Krill," 2 Mar. 2020 As with Bob Geldof speaking of Ethiopian famine at the time of Live Aid, McCann’s ardor is unmistakable. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "Colum McCann’s New Novel Makes a Good-Intentioned Collage Out of Real Tragedy," 19 Feb. 2020 The hero, Javed — played by Viveik Kalra with an immensely appealing ardor — is a good Pakistani son secretly seething with discontent. Ty Burr,, "In ‘Blinded by the Light,’ it’s Springsteen as salvation," 14 Aug. 2019 But the main relationship is between Heloise and Marianne, and the way their ardor is allowed to slowly unfold onscreen is both heartwarming and, given the dismal prospects for a future together, heartbreaking. Jocelyn Noveck, Detroit Free Press, "Forbidden passion smolders in vivid ‘Lady on Fire’," 27 Feb. 2020 Republicans are likely to remember with fondness Cruz’s ardor. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "So many winners: Impeachment left bitterness but offered something for almost everyone as it turned out," 6 Feb. 2020 But as Iraq's anger cooled and its ardor for an immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces waned, Trump, too, became more sanguine. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Is this how it ends?," 13 Feb. 2020 In a brief meeting with local reporters, Fleck recounted with amiable ardor his season as a wide receivers coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and put the Gophers’ 10-2 season into some perspective that boggles the mind. John Shipley, Twin Cities, "John Shipley: 97 firsts? Forget it, P.J. Fleck is rolling," 12 Dec. 2019

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

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

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21 May 2020

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“Ardor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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