1. Hot or burning; causing a sensation of burning; fiery; as, ardent spirits, that is, distilled liquors; an ardent fever.
2. Having the appearance or quality of fire; fierce; glowing; shining; as, ardent eyes.
3. Warm, applied to the passions and affections; passionate; fervent; zealous; vehement; as, ardent love, feelings, zeal, hope, temper.
An ardent and impetuous race. --Macaulay.
Syn: -- Burning; hot; fiery; glowing; intense; fierce; vehement; eager; zealous; keen; fervid; fervent; passionate; affectionate.
adj 1: characterized by intense emotion; "ardent love"; "an ardent
lover"; "a burning enthusiasm"; "a fervent desire to
change society"; "a fervent admirer"; "fiery oratory";
"an impassioned appeal"; "a torrid love affair" [syn:
burning(a), fervent, fervid, fiery, impassioned,
2: characterized by strong enthusiasm; "ardent
revolutionaries"; "warm support" [syn: warm]
3: glowing or shining like fire; "from rank to rank she darts
her ardent eyes"- Alexander Pope; "frightened by his
ardent burning eyes"