noun Etymology: Middle English ardour, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin ardor burning, heat, ardor, from aridus dry — more at arid Date: 14th century 1. a. an often restless or transitory warmth of feeling <
the sudden ardors of youth
b. extreme vigor or energy ; intensity c. zeal d. loyalty 2. sexual excitement Synonyms: see passion

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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