1. Expressing or characterized by warmth of feeling; passionate: an ardent lover.
2. Displaying or characterized by strong enthusiasm or devotion; fervent: "an impassioned age, so ardent and serious in its pursuit of art" (Walter Pater).
a. Burning; fiery.
b. Glowing; shining: ardent eyes.
[Middle English ardaunt, from Old French ardant, from Latin ārdēns, ārdent-, present participle of ārdēre, to burn; see as- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
arden·cy (-dn-sē) n.
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