Hot or burning up causing a sensation of burning fiery as ardent spirits that's distilled liquors an ardent temperature
- glowing or shining like fire
- characterized by strong passion
- characterized by intense feeling
- Hot or burning up; causing a sensation of burning up; fiery; as, ardent spirits, this is certainly, distilled liquors; an ardent temperature.
- getting the look or quality of fire; fierce; radiant; shining; since, ardent eyes.
- heated, applied to the interests and affections; passionate; fervent; zealous; vehement; since, ardent love, thoughts, zeal, hope, mood.
very early 14c., of alcohol distillates, brandy (ardent spirits), etc., from Old French ardant (13c.) "burning, hot; zealous," from Latin ardentem (nominative ardens) "glowing, fiery, hot, ablaze," also made use of figuratively of passions, present participle of ardere "to burn," from PIE root *as- "burning, radiance" from PIE root *as- "to burn, radiance" (cognates: Old English
(a.) Hot or burning; causing a sensation of burning; fiery; because, ardent spirits, which, distilled liquors; an ardent fever.
- (a.) Getting the look or top-notch fire; brutal; shining; shining; as, ardent eyes.
- (a.) heated, applied to the interests and affections; passionate; fervent; zealous; vehement; since, ardent love, thoughts, zeal, hope, temper.
He was an ardent social reformer; he secured the abolition of corporal punishment in the schools, the suppression of lotteries, of houses of ill-fame and of obscene literature; he instituted reforms in the hospitals, and insisted on the honours of public burial for the poor.