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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ARDENT

His ardent young eyes worshiped her as he stood on the pavement.

He trembled before this innocence, so ardent and so ingenuous.

The brave and ardent 84th, commanded by Willis, dashes to the front.

Arthur, who has just finished his studies, is still an ardent sailor.

Prisoners arrived fast, until we had four hundred in the Ardent.

This ship sent a boat, which took us on board the Ardent, 64, which was then used as a prison-ship.

It was decided, in my presence, to send me back among the prisoners, on board the Ardent.

When we reached the Ardent, we found but four Americans in her.

Need I say that I drank in all this with enthusiastic relish, and became the most ardent of Whigs?

But her mind, active and ardent, did not the less prey upon itself.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., of alcoholic distillates, brandy (ardent spirits), etc., from Old French ardant (13c.) "burning, hot; zealous," from Latin ardentem (nominative ardens) "glowing, fiery, hot, ablaze," also used figuratively of passions, present participle of ardere "to burn," from PIE root *as- "to burn, glow" from PIE root *as- "to burn, glow" (cf. Old English æsce "ashes;" see ash (n.1)).

Ardent spirits (late 15c.) so called because they are inflammable, but the term now, if used at all, probably is felt in the figurative sense. The figurative sense (of "burning with" passions, desire, etc.) is from late 14c.; literal sense of "burning, parching" (c.1400) remains rare. Related: Ardently.

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