ardour


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  1. great warmth of feeling; fervor; passion: She spoke persuasively and with ardor.
  2. intense devotion, eagerness, or enthusiasm; zeal: his well-known ardor for Chinese art.
  3. burning heat.

noun

  1. feelings of great intensity and warmth; fervour
  2. eagerness; zeal
n.

chiefly British English spelling of ardor (q.v.); for spelling, see -or.

n.

early 15c., “heat of passion or desire,” from Old French ardure “heat, glow; passion” (12c.), from Latin ardorem (nominative ardor) “a flame, fire, burning, heat;” also of feelings, etc., “eagerness, zeal,” from ardere “to burn” (see ardent). In Middle English, used of base passions; since Milton’s time, of noble ones.

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