Definition of ardent in US English:



  • 1Enthusiastic or passionate.

    ‘an ardent baseball fan’
    ‘an ardent suitor’
    • ‘The council has been an ardent supporter of the scheme, which it says is essential to resolve some of the resort's economic problems.’
    • ‘Willie is among Mayo's most ardent supporters and is a regular at all National Football League and championship games.’
    • ‘It is my ardent desire that I will be able to render similar voluntary services in the future.’
    • ‘I am sometimes critical and sometimes an ardent supporter of the press gallery.’
    • ‘Tom was expected to poll well but the size of his vote took even his most ardent supporters by surprise.’
    • ‘Their passion is not as ardent, but it is somehow deeper and more mature than when they first met.’
    • ‘Bulgarians are tolerant of other religions but are ardent supporters of Orthodoxy.’
    • ‘Fusion's most ardent enthusiasts believe that a viable power plant is 30 years away.’
    • ‘Though the policy has some ardent Republican supporters, the impetus all comes from him.’
    • ‘He was a leading and ardent enthusiast for the very inward investment that he now equally enthusiastically disclaims.’
    • ‘Since then, he has developed an ardent passion for the instrument.’
    • ‘It's a long, long listen that delivers very few rewards for anyone except the most ardent techno enthusiast.’
    • ‘Clef, a resident of Kowdiyar in the city, hails from a family which has an ardent passion for music.’
    • ‘Veronica is an ardent supporter of community action in the parishes of Kilfian and Moygownagh.’
    • ‘So the horse's ardent supporters will be able to chart their hero's progress towards another century.’
    • ‘Among Southeast Asian countries, Singapore has been an ardent supporter of free trade.’
    • ‘He has never played rugby, but is an ardent fan and a supporter of the game.’
    • ‘He took a keen interest in sport and was an ardent supporter of Mayo.’
    • ‘Your ardent and enthusiastic manner finds favour and could propel you to success.’
    • ‘Peggy was an ardent supporter of the local St. Kevin's club and liked to see her county doing well.’
    passionate, avid, impassioned, fervent, fervid, zealous, wholehearted, eager, vehement, intense, fierce, fiery, flaming, emotional, hot-blooded
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    1. 1.1archaic, literary Burning; glowing.
      ‘the ardent flames’
      • ‘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 fire had died to a steady ardent glow.’
      • ‘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’.