Definition of ardour in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɑːdə/
(US ardor)


[mass noun]
Great enthusiasm or passion: the rebuff did little to dampen his ardour he kissed her with an ardour that left her breathless
More example sentences
  • He turned to her, that same passion, desire, ardor, zeal, fire… love in his eyes.
  • Love, lust and passion, ardour, hate and jealousy combine to make Othello one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies.
  • Perhaps we have had too little of the Spirit's fullness to enable us to love with the personal ardor Jesus desires.
passion, avidity, fervour, zeal, wholeheartedness, eagerness, vehemence, intensity, fierceness, zest, gusto, energy, animation, fire, fieriness, emotion, emotionalism, feeling, hot-bloodedness;
earnestness, sincerity;
enthusiasm, keenness, dedication, devotion, assiduity, readiness
archaic empressement


Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin ardor, from ardere 'to burn'.

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