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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ardent mean? 

ARDENT (adjective)
  The adjective ARDENT has 3 senses:

1. characterized by intense emotion
2. characterized by strong enthusiasm
3. glowing or shining like fire

  Familiarity information: ARDENT used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

ARDENT (adjective)

Sense 1ardent [BACK TO TOP]


Characterized by intense emotion


perfervid; impassioned; fiery; fervid; fervent; ardent; torrid; burning

Context examples:

ardent love / an ardent lover / a burning enthusiasm / a fervent desire to change society / a fervent admirer / fiery oratory / an impassioned appeal / a torrid love affair


passionate (having or expressing strong emotions)

Sense 2ardent [BACK TO TOP]


Characterized by strong enthusiasm


ardent; warm

Context examples:

ardent revolutionaries / warm support


enthusiastic (having or showing great excitement and interest)

Sense 3ardent [BACK TO TOP]


Glowing or shining like fire

Context examples:

from rank to rank she darts her ardent eyes / frightened by his ardent burning eyes


bright (emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts)

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