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Intensity of emotion, especially strong desire, enthusiasm, or devotion. See Synonyms at passion.

[Middle English ardour, from Old French, from Latin ārdor, from ārdēre, to burn; see as- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈɑr dər)

1. great warmth of feeling; fervor.
2. intense devotion; zeal.
3. burning heat.
Also, esp. Brit., ar′dour.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin, =ārd(ēre) to burn + -or -or1]
usage: See -or1.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ardor - a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause); "they were imbued with a revolutionary ardor"; "he felt a kind of religious zeal"
avidity, avidness, eagerness, keenness - a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something
2.ardor - intense feeling of loveardor - intense feeling of love    
love - a strong positive emotion of regard and affection; "his love for his work"; "children need a lot of love"
3.ardor - feelings of great warmth and intensityardor - feelings of great warmth and intensity; "he spoke with great ardor"
passion, passionateness - a strong feeling or emotion
zeal - excessive fervor to do something or accomplish some end; "he had an absolute zeal for litigation"


1. Powerful, intense emotion:
2. Passionate devotion to or interest in a cause or subject, for example:


(American) ardor (ˈaːdə) noun
enthusiasm; passion.


n. ardor, sensación quemante.