Definition of ardent in English:



  • 1Very enthusiastic or passionate.

    ‘an ardent supporter of the conservative cause’
    • ‘Your ardent and enthusiastic manner finds favour and could propel you to success.’
    • ‘Fusion's most ardent enthusiasts believe that a viable power plant is 30 years away.’
    • ‘The council has been an ardent supporter of the scheme, which it says is essential to resolve some of the resort's economic problems.’
    • ‘Their passion is not as ardent, but it is somehow deeper and more mature than when they first met.’
    • ‘He took a keen interest in sport and was an ardent supporter of Mayo.’
    • ‘Tom was expected to poll well but the size of his vote took even his most ardent supporters by surprise.’
    • ‘It's a long, long listen that delivers very few rewards for anyone except the most ardent techno enthusiast.’
    • ‘So the horse's ardent supporters will be able to chart their hero's progress towards another century.’
    • ‘He was a leading and ardent enthusiast for the very inward investment that he now equally enthusiastically disclaims.’
    • ‘Veronica is an ardent supporter of community action in the parishes of Kilfian and Moygownagh.’
    • ‘Bulgarians are tolerant of other religions but are ardent supporters of Orthodoxy.’
    • ‘Clef, a resident of Kowdiyar in the city, hails from a family which has an ardent passion for music.’
    • ‘Among Southeast Asian countries, Singapore has been an ardent supporter of free trade.’
    • ‘Though the policy has some ardent Republican supporters, the impetus all comes from him.’
    • ‘He has never played rugby, but is an ardent fan and a supporter of the game.’
    • ‘Peggy was an ardent supporter of the local St. Kevin's club and liked to see her county doing well.’
    • ‘Willie is among Mayo's most ardent supporters and is a regular at all National Football League and championship games.’
    • ‘Since then, he has developed an ardent passion for the instrument.’
    • ‘I am sometimes critical and sometimes an ardent supporter of the press gallery.’
    • ‘It is my ardent desire that I will be able to render similar voluntary services in the future.’
    passionate, avid, impassioned, fervent, fervid, zealous, wholehearted, eager, vehement, intense, fierce, fiery, flaming, emotional, hot-blooded
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  • 2literary, archaic Burning; glowing.

    ‘the ardent flames’
    • ‘The fire had died to a steady ardent glow.’
    • ‘Hence it was that a certain devout soul compared the heart of Jesus to a burning furnace in which He voluntarily suffered from the ardent flames of Divine love.’
    • ‘The ardent flames raged ceaselessly for days, crumbling Troy into dust and so after years of bitterness, strife and wars the Greek had finally defeated the Trojans.’
    white-hot, intensely hot, red-hot, burning, fiery, on fire, blazing, ablaze, aflame
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Middle English: from Old French ardant from Latin ardens, ardent-, from ardere ‘to burn’.