May 06, 2018
ardent (adjective)
\AHR-dunt\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : showing or having warmth of feeling : passionate2 : zealous, devoted
How do you use it?
"I shall satiate my ardent curiosity with the sight of a part of the world never before visited, and may tread a land never before imprinted by the foot of man." (Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, _Frankenstein_)
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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.
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