Ar"dent (#), a. [OE. ardaunt, F. ardant, p. pr. of arder to burn, fr. L. ardere.]

1.

Hot or burning; causing a sensation of burning; fiery; as, ardent spirits, that is, distilled liquors; an ardent fever.

2.

Having the appearance or quality of fire; fierce; glowing; shining; as, ardent eyes.

Dryden.

3.

Warm, applied to the passions and affections; passionate; fervent; zealous; vehement; as, ardent love, feelings, zeal, hope, temper.

An ardent and impetuous race. Macaulay.

Syn. -- Burning; hot; fiery; glowing; intense; fierce; vehement; eager; zealous; keen; fervid; fervent; passionate; affectionate.

 

© Webster 1913.

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