adjective ar·dent \ˈär-dənt\

: having or showing very strong feelings

Full Definition of ARDENT

:  characterized by warmth of feeling typically expressed in eager zealous support or activity <ardent proponents of the bill>
:  fiery, hot <an ardent sun>
:  shining, glowing <ardent eyes>
ar·dent·ly adverb

Examples of ARDENT

  1. 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

Origin of ARDENT

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin ardent-, ardens, present participle of ardēre to burn, from ardor
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of ARDENT

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>.

Rhymes with ARDENT

ARDENT Defined for Kids


adjective ar·dent \ˈär-dənt\

Definition of ARDENT for Kids

:  showing or having warmth of feeling :  passionate <She's an ardent supporter of education.>
ar·dent·ly adverb


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