May 06, 2013
- ardent (adjective)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : showing or having warmth of feeling : passionate2 : zealous, devoted
- How do you use it?
- He is an ardent admirer of her novels and buys them as soon as they are released.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which word shares a root with the word "ardent"?You're on fire if you chose C! "Ardent" only has a handful of English cousins, and "arson" is the most surprising of them. Both "ardent" and "arson" come from the Latin root verb "ardere," which means "to burn." The connection to heat is clear in both English words: "ardent" refers to figurative fire, and "arson" refers to literal fire. "Ardere" gave rise to a Latin word we borrowed into English: "ardor," which refers to a warm feeling, devotion, or passion for someone or something,