ardent spirits


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ardent spirits strong distilled liquor or brandy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ardent spirits strong alcoholic liquors, as brandy, rum, whisky, etc., obtained by distillation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Ardent spirits distilled alcoholic liquors, whisky, brandy, &c. The use of the word as = 'inflammable, combustible,' is obsolete, except in this phrase
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  • Thomas Jefferson
    “Were I to commence my administration again, the first question I would ask respecting a candidate would be, Does he use ardent spirits?”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ardent-em, ardē-re, to burn.


In literature:

No one who has not seen it can conceive of the intense passion the North American Indian has for ardent spirits.
"The Wild Man of the West" by R.M. Ballantyne
Overkirk died at this critical juncture, to the great regret of Marlborough, who could then ill spare his ardent and patriotic spirit.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 364, February 1846" by Various
The marvel is that some ardent spirit has not before now compiled an out-and-out Dickens guide-book.
"Dickens' London" by Francis Miltoun
Yet even at a moment so unfavourable, her ardent spirit engaged in a translation of Froissart.
"Calamities and Quarrels of Authors" by Isaac Disraeli
In that ardent, despotic, restless spirit there had never been a question of tenderness.
"The Grandee" by Armando Palacio Valdés
Luther's proud and ardent spirit despised such pretences.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
For there dwelt the whole spirit of the man, reserved yet ardent.
"Their Son; The Necklace" by Eduardo Zamacois
The subsequent process of distillation afterwards obtains an ardent spirit from the koumiss.
"The Bacillus of Long Life" by Loudon Douglas
Euphemie was terrified at my plans, my ardent persuasions, and my enterprising spirit.
"The Rebellion in the Cevennes, an Historical Novel" by Ludwig Tieck
This was the first time he had ever drank ardent spirits for the sake of the effects which they produce.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by John Mackay Wilson
His spirit was ardent and his moods were varying.
"Artists Past and Present" by Elisabeth Luther Cary
Before 1844 a co-operative society had already been formed and failed at Rochdale in Lancashire, yet some ardent spirits planned to form another.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 3" by Various
The great charm of the Mess is to those young, ardent spirits fresh from Sandhurst or Eton, sick of mathematics and bored with false quantities.
"Arthur O'Leary" by Charles James Lever
The men were excited by an extra allowance of ardent spirits.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
By the time he was halfway across the lake on his way back, his brain was in flames from the ardent spirit.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
The sum of endeavour was complete, the secrets Death had in its keeping were there for the solving of this ardent, industrious spirit.
"Lafcadio Hearn" by Nina H. Kennard
All the "landed stakes" and lordships, all that spirits pure and ardent Are cast out of love and honour because chancing not to hold.
"The Poetical Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Why should the few be protected from the sale of ardent spirits and the many left to be victims of temptation?
"Stand Up, Ye Dead" by Norman Maclean
Forgetful of food or of their perilous position, the men tossed the ardent spirit down their throats, and passed the cup for more.
"Highway Pirates" by Harold Avery
A person places, in their sight, a number of vessels filled with ardent spirits, pretends to drink, and retires.
"Illustrative Anecdotes of the Animal Kingdom" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich

In poetry:

Let thy bless'd Spirit teach us all to pray
With ardent zeal, and vehement desire,
That thou may'st lend an ear to all we say,
And give us whatsoever we require.
"A Prayer For Them, Who Go To Worship God In Public" by Rees Prichard
Saul. I love thy spirit, youth:
But dare not trust thy inexperienced arm
Against a giant's might. The sight of blood,
Though brave thou feel'st when peril is not nigh,
Will pale thy ardent cheek.
"David And Goliath. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
All that on idle, ardent spirits seize;
Robbers at land and pirates on the main,
Enchanters foil'd, spells broken, giants slain;
Legends of love, with tales of halls and bowers,
Choice of rare songs, and garlands of choice
"Tale V" by George Crabbe

In news:

At Michigan State University, "the pioneer land-grant university," the pioneering spirit lives on, but it sometimes scares people, especially its most ardent supporters.