ardent spirits
noun plural Date: 1684 strong distilled liquors

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  • Ardent spirits — Ar dent spir its, n. any type of strongly alcoholic beverage prepared by distillation of an alcohol containing fermented material. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ardent spirits — n. strong alcoholic liquor; whiskey, gin, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Ardent spirits — Spirit Spir it, n. [OF. espirit, esperit, F. esprit, L. spiritus, from spirare to breathe, to blow. Cf. {Conspire}, {Expire}, {Esprit}, {Sprite}.] 1. Air set in motion by breathing; breath; hence, sometimes, life itself. [Obs.] All of spirit… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ardent spirits — noun A strong distilled alcoholic liquor or whiskey Even then I realized the possibilities of my suburb, that hotbed of revolution in which heroes, inventors, and practical men of science, rogues and scoundrels, virtues and vices, were all packed …   Wiktionary

  • ardent spirits — noun strong distilled liquor or brandy • Syn: ↑aqua vitae • Hypernyms: ↑liquor, ↑spirits, ↑booze, ↑hard drink, ↑hard liquor, ↑John Barleycorn, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • ardent spirits —    spirituous intoxicants    Referring to the burning of the throat, not from the Dutch courage which may follow:     He had committed the sin of lust, he had drunk ardent spirits. (B. Cornwell, 1993) …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • ardent spirits — strong alcoholic liquors made by distillation, as brandy, whiskey, or gin. [1790 1800] * * * …   Universalium

  • ardent spirits — ar′dent spir′its n. vin strong distilled alcoholic liquors • Etymology: 1790–1800 …   From formal English to slang

  • ardent spirits — Synonymous with distilled liquors or spirituous liquors and, sometimes, with intoxicating liquors generally, though the term is properly applied only to liquors obtained by distillation, such as rum, whiskey, brandy, and gin. Sarlls v. U. S., 152 …   Black's law dictionary

  • ardent spirits — Synonymous with distilled liquors or spirituous liquors and, sometimes, with intoxicating liquors generally, though the term is properly applied only to liquors obtained by distillation, such as rum, whiskey, brandy, and gin. Sarlls v. U. S., 152 …   Black's law dictionary

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