Definition of ardour in English:

ardour

(US ardor)

noun

  • [mass noun] Great enthusiasm or passion:

    ‘the rebuff did little to dampen his ardour’
    ‘he kissed her with an ardour that left her breathless’
    • ‘My ardour totally dampened as I remembered the warnings of that day's front page.’
    • ‘How nice for him that he can play note perfectly, even if it is at the expense of fantasy, passion, ardor, elegance, whimsy, fire and intensity.’
    • ‘Sixteen years later, her ardour hasn't dimmed.’
    • ‘Firm action by the army dampened the revolutionary ardour of the mob and restored order in the streets.’
    • ‘He turned to her, that same passion, desire, ardor, zeal, fire… love in his eyes.’
    • ‘He listened gravely and spoke in measured tones, but still fired with habitual martial ardour.’
    • ‘It would effectively rouse people's ardour to invest, and help to discourage the transfer of capital abroad.’
    • ‘Clara supposed that she only felt confusion because Will had seemed to be as incapable of true love and ardor as herself.’
    • ‘He has followed trails, consulted the experts and lived and breathed the historical roots of ancient Americans with ardour for 20 years.’
    • ‘And then came the recitation - in rounded syllables and in the utterly devastating rhythms of Sanskrit when it is pronounced with ritualised ardour.’
    • ‘But doesn't the freezing cold cool their ardour?’
    • ‘My ardour has cooled somewhat since I was fourteen.’
    • ‘Perhaps we have had too little of the Spirit's fullness to enable us to love with the personal ardor Jesus desires.’
    • ‘He had been a painter all his life, but never before had he seen such a vision or painted with such ardor and desire.’
    • ‘Love, lust and passion, ardour, hate and jealousy combine to make Othello one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies.’
    • ‘Though young when he wrote them, they bespeak a mature understanding of genuine piety - and the way such piety should be evident in all of life, and pursued with ardour and zeal.’
    • ‘The playing encompassed subtlety, ardor, menace and rage, all with an admirable polish.’
    • ‘The ardour of the pilgrims, an old couple, is attested by their stiff limbs and the man's calloused bare feet as they kneel before the apparition of the Madonna at the door of the shrine.’
    • ‘Naturally, her coolness served only to intensify his ardour, but it was two years before she capitulated.’
    passion, avidity, fervour, zeal, wholeheartedness, eagerness, vehemence, intensity, fierceness, zest, gusto, energy, animation, fire, fieriness, emotion, emotionalism, feeling, hot-bloodedness
    earnestness, sincerity
    enthusiasm, keenness, dedication, devotion, assiduity, readiness
    empressement
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Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin ardor, from ardere to burn.

Pronunciation

ardour

/ˈɑːdə/