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ar·dent  audio  (ärdnt) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
  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).
    1. Burning; fiery.
    2. Glowing; shining: ardent eyes.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English ardaunt, from Old French ardant, from Latin rdns, rdent- present participle of rdre, to burn; see as- in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
arden·cy  (-dn-s) KEY (Noun), ardent·ly(Adverb)


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