Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British Variant of ardor.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of ardor.

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  • n. feelings of great warmth and intensity
  • n. a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)
  • n. intense feeling of love

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Examples

  • I’ve let her try, but her ardour is somewhat disconcerting.

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  • The seeds of my ardour were the sparks from that divine flame whereby more than a thousand have kindled; I speak of the "Aeneid," mother to me and nurse to me in poetry. '

    My Antonia

  • Their ardour was a moral ardour, and the lightest breath of scandal never rested upon them, or upon any phase of Transcendentalism.

    Hawthorne (English Men of Letters Series)

  • It is possible, my friend, that your ardour is a little compromising.

    Little Dorrit

  • Philanthropic ardour, which is generally the characteristic mark of all the members of the assotiation, that you yet sympathise with us, in our adversity, and rejoice in our prosperity.

    Letter from F. W. Harrison to Thomas Jones, April 10, 1824

  • All this he expressed with that ardour, which is congenial to the simplicity of truth; and with that enthusiasm, which in all instances accompanies recent conviction.

    Imogen A Pastoral Romance

  • In the mean time, I have been indulging a hope, which at moments has appeared almost a certainty, that Clifton, by our mutual efforts, shall acquire all this true ardour, which is so lovely in Frank.

    Anna St. Ives

  • Our troops, too, had all the ardour which is added even to the boldest by the assurance of victory.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 349, November, 1844

  • In human love, as St. Thomas teaches (I: 27: 3), even though the object be external to us, yet the immanent act of love arouses in the soul a state of ardour which is, as it were, an impression of the thing loved.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 15: Tournely-Zwirner

  • This poetry was generally amorous and melancholy, sometimes full of the warlike ardour which is found among our own troubadours.

    Initiation into Literature

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