• WordNet 3.6
    • adj ardent glowing or shining like fire "from rank to rank she darts her ardent eyes"- Alexander Pope","frightened by his ardent burning eyes"
    • adj ardent characterized by strong enthusiasm "ardent revolutionaries","warm support"
    • adj ardent characterized by intense emotion "ardent love","an ardent lover","a fervent desire to change society","a fervent admirer","fiery oratory","an impassioned appeal","a torrid love affair"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ardent Having the appearance or quality of fire; fierce; glowing; shining; as, ardent eyes.
    • Ardent Hot or burning; causing a sensation of burning; fiery; as, ardent spirits, that is, distilled liquors; an ardent fever.
    • Ardent Warm, applied to the passions and affections; passionate; fervent; zealous; vehement; as, ardent love, feelings, zeal, hope, temper. "An ardent and impetuous race."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ardent ; burning; redhot; hence, figuratively, causing a sensation of burning: as, an ardent fever.
    • ardent Inflammable; combustible: only in the phrase ardent spirits (which see, below).
    • ardent Having the appearance or quality of fire; flashing; fierce.
    • ardent Having glowing or fiery passions or affections: as applied to the emotions themselves, showing vehemence; passionate; affectionate; zealous: as, ardent love or vows; ardent zeal.
    • ardent Nautical, having a tendency to gripe or come quickly to the wind: said of certain ships.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Ardent ärd′ent burning: fiery: passionate: zealous: fervid
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  • Herbert Spencer
    “Objects we ardently pursue bring little happiness when gained; most of our pleasures come from unexpected sources.”
  • B. C. Forbes
    “Opportunity rarely knocks on your door. Knock rather on opportunity's door if you ardently wish to enter.”
  • Samuel G. Goodrich
    Samuel G. Goodrich
    “How many hopes and fears, how many ardent wishes and anxious apprehensions are twisted together in the threads that connect the parent with the child!”
  • Richard Cecil
    Richard Cecil
    “Self-will so ardent and active that it will break a world to pieces to make a stool to sit on.”
  • 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?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. ardaunt, F. ardant, p. pr. of arder, to burn, fr. L. ardere,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ardent-em, ardē-re, to burn.


In literature:

The attachment of the Castilian to the faith of his ancestors was peculiarly strong and ardent.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
My mother and Edgar ardently strove to allay the fever of my soul, and mitigate my distress.
"Alonzo and Melissa" by Daniel Jackson, Jr.
Ever ardent in his love of past learning, and not less voracious in his bibliomaniacal appetites, was the well known NARCISSUS LUTTRELL.
"Bibliomania; or Book-Madness" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
He loved this little outcast ardently, hopefully.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
He returned fired with animosity against the Moors, and filled with ardent sympathy for those Christians still in slavery.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 7 of 8"
How ardently he wished that this peace might last.
"A Nest of Spies" by Pierre Souvestre
Soon after this the King and Queen of Navarre, with their son, returned to the mountainous domain which Jeanne so ardently loved.
"Henry IV, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
Nevertheless, the feeling against Home Rule is assuredly gaining ground, even among the most ardent Nationalists.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
He had a persuasive and ardent tongue, and practically no mind.
"The Crimson Tide" by Robert W. Chambers
He retained to the last his ardent faith in progress, and the perfectibility of mankind.
"Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle" by H. N. Brailsford
Her husband, Dr. E. M. Darrow, a pioneer physician, two daughters and three sons ardently supported her efforts.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
There is no trace of ardent passion, no fire to be discovered in Pepita's eyes.
"Pepita Ximenez" by Juan Valera
Her enthusiasms were always ardent and inexhaustible.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
With him, the understanding of life, so ardently sought after, is never summed up in a single solution.
"Contemporary Russian Novelists" by Serge Persky
This was the Chambre Ardente, which held its sittings near the Bastille.
"The Serapion Brethren." by Ernst Theordor Wilhelm Hoffmann
Her interest was good-humoured rather than ardent.
"The House of Fulfilment" by George Madden Martin
Eugene was at that age when he wished to express himself in ardent phrases.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
I was overflowing with spirit and humor, and you also were an ardent, charming girl.
"Henry of Ofterdingen: A Romance." by Friedrich von Hardenberg
The sighing Wladomir waited in the meanwhile with the most ardent longing for the development of his fate.
"Tales from the German" by Various
She drew from that patriotic and strict tuition an ardent love for her country, and information on all subjects.
"The Casque's Lark" by Eugène Sue

In poetry:

What does make you present
is the ardent detour
that a slow tenderness
traces in my blood.
"Interior Portrait" by Rainer Maria Rilke
Sovra la sabbia ardente,
Pensando all'universo,
Tracciero` sorridente,
O dolce amico mio, l'ultimo verso.
"Quando?" by Ferdinando Fontana
Kindled my breast like ardent flame,
With quenchless glow.
I knew not love until it came,
But now I know.
"A Lover's Confession" by Robert Fuller Murray
No emblem of the love I feel
Appears within my view;
Less ardent, or less pure the zeal,
Less tender, or less true!
"Vignette - V" by Matilda Betham
Whom in the earth or heav'n dost thou
Most ardently desire?
Is love's ascending spark unto
Thy Husband sets on fire?
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
Do I not see a distant sail
O'er yonder waves appear?
Our ardent vows at length prevail,
My heart proclaims them near.
"Louisa. A Tale." by Jane Bowdler

In news:

Phoebe Hearst Cooke , an ardent horsewoman, supported equestrian causes with one of the nation's biggest fortunes.
The majority of Catholics use social media, but only the most ardent visit Catholic sites, which typically do a poor job of attracting fallen-away Catholics and those searching for a faith connection.
To the Bush administration's more ardent partisans, the death toll in Iraq is merely something to "be aware of," as one recently put it in a communiqué from Baghdad—an acceptable trade of human lives for regime change.
Accomplished singer and actress shares why she is an ardent champion of environmental causes.
Gloria Reuben is not only an accomplished singer and actress, starring in popular television series such as TNT's Raising the Bar and previously NBC's ER, but she's also an ardent environmentalist.
Phoebe Hearst Cooke, an ardent horsewoman, supported equestrian causes with one of the nation's biggest fortunes.
"At that point," said Hummel 's friend, Ardent Studios owner and Big Star producer John Fry, "Andy elected to accept hospice care and spent the last couple weeks at home with his family.".
Elliott Abrams, former Reagan Administration official, neo-con, and ardent Israel supporter has a blog at CFR.
Whether its time to redeem yourself or lay claim once again to being the ultimate Faithful, heres a second set of questions for the most ardent 49ers fans.
Friends and colleagues remember resident Lawton C Johnson, who died this week, as an endlessly patient man with an ardent dedication to his work.
Here at Shop Around, we're ardent believers in wardrobe double duty.
Ardent Management Consulting (ArdentMC) today announced the appointment of Michael Matechak as a Partner and Vice President.
Weisskopf, a nuclear physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project to build the first atomic bomb in World War II and later became an ardent advocate of arms control, died on Monday at his home in Newton, Mass.
Carson's two-term mayor, Jim Dear, faces only one challenger in the March 5 election, but it is his most ardent political foe: Councilwoman Lula Davis-Holmes.
Finally…if you want a dramatic example of the gap between the most ardent supporters of the two parties and the broad middle of the country, you can't find a sharper issue than the abortion question.

In science:

An ardent reader can find appropriate analogies of 2.13, 4 using *-cyclic sets.
On simple and semisimple quantales
The search to discover and describe the physics that accomplishes this is among the most ardently pursued by high energy experimentalists and theorists alike.
Top Quark Physics at the Tevatron
While he was always collected when he addressed the challenges that I faced, he was a passionate person and was ardent when he spoke about math.
The Functional Equation and Beyond Endoscopy
Nevertheless, even the most ardent supporters of the cold dark matter idea must remain sceptical until the dark matter particles are finally and conclusively discovered.
Dark matter and cosmic structure