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Definition showing or feeling intense emotion — typically strong positive feelings such as enthusiasm or love
  • I am her most ardent fan.
ardent = enthusiastic (feeling intense emotion)
  • She is an ardent defender of free speech.
  • ardent = enthusiastic (feeling intense emotion)
  • I only want to be very sure that I know what your real preferences are," and he turned and searched her face with a pair of ardent eyes.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Rosalie and Emmett kissed again—longer and more ardently than before.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • My desire might be to make this boy an ardent husband—a caring citizen—a worshipper of abstract and unifying God.
    Peter Shaffer  --  Equus
  • His research so horrified him that he became an ardent abolitionist for life.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • I was now, as I perceived, that good-looking and ardent boy whom I had seen making so eagerly for love's door.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • Blanca wept, throwing her arms around his neck, clasping him to her ardently, and covering his face with kisses.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • Or is there some ardent squire dreaming of your favors?
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • The dull precious metal seemed to flash with a reflection of her bright and ardent spirit.
    O. Henry  --  The Gift of the Magi
  • My explanation is that Marfa Petrovna was an ardent and impressionable woman and simply fell in love herself—literally fell in love—with your sister.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • She would have responded to the ardency of their beliefs.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer's Beginnings
  • An afterglow deepened within his spirit, whence the white flame had passed, deepening to a rose and ardent light.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • CYRANO (ardently): Hideous!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • As Steve was being gentle and ardent, inside I was talking myself down the path again.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • Aglaya was kissing her mother's lips and cheeks and hands; they were hugging each other in the most ardent way.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • He put his own hand there, as if he could hardly realize such an outrage from one whom it had once been his wont to treat with ardent generosity.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • We advanced regardless of everything, drawn on by ardent curiosity.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • He wished ardently to grasp the chance, but in those days young men did nothing without their parents' consent.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • I want to say thank you but don't because I'm afraid of being ardent and scaring her off.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life

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