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ardor
used in 1776

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Definition
a feeling of strong enthusiasm or love — usually for a person or a cause
  • "My charmer," he called her, and neither his maimed hand nor his politics deterred her ardor.
    p. 59.2
  • He added, "The ardor of the troops encouraged me in this hazardous enterprise," and this could be the explanation, though an American who saw the British troops waiting on the wharf to embark, commented that "they looked in general pale and dejected, and said to one another it would be another Bunker Hill or worse."
    p. 97.3
  • Clinton would later write of Howe's decision to halt: "I had at the moment but little inclination to check the ardor of our troops when I saw the enemy flying in such a panic before them."
    p. 178.8
  • More determined courage and steadfastness in troops have never been experienced, or a greater ardor to distinguish themselves, as all those who had an opportunity have amply evinced by their actions.
    p. 179.8
  • But his response was an immediate decision to make a fight, if only, as he later explained to Patrick Henry, "to recover that military ardor which is of the utmost moment to an army."
    p. 218.3

There are no more uses of "ardor" in 1776.

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