V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: intensely deep feeling or emotion

Synonyms: devotion, eagerness, enthusiasm, fervor, passion, mettle

Antonyms: disinterest, coolness, indifference, apathy

Tips: Ardor is derived from the Latin ardere, "to burn." Think, "burning with feeling." Ardor is synonymous with fervor, which comes from a Latin origin "to boil." Both words can be used to describe deep, burning, and intensely passionate emotions. Ardor is a more sophisticated way of saying "passion."

Usage Examples:

In his ardor for collecting, Kevin spent the contents of his savings account on comic books. (enthusiasm, fervor)

His ardor for classic cars was dampened by the fact that he could not afford to collect them. (passion, enthusiasm)

The young sales recruits were filled with an ardor for their position, which pleased their supervisor. (eagerness, enthusiasm)

Jenny's ardor for helping others led her to volunteer with a number of charitable organizations. (devotion, enthusiasm)

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