ardour

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Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

ardour (countable and uncountable, plural ardours)

  1. Britain, Canada, and Australia spelling of ardor
    • 1818, [Mary Shelley], chapter VI, in Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. [], volume III, London: [] [Macdonald and Son] for Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones, OCLC 830979744, page 120:
      I rushed towards her, and embraced her with ardour; but the deathly languor and coldness of the limbs told me, that what I now held in my arms had ceased to be the Elizabeth whom I had loved and cherished.
    • 1931, H. P. Lovecraft, The Whisperer in Darkness, chapter 6:
      The purpose of my visit, and the frightful abnormalities it postulated struck at me all at once with a chill sensation that nearly over-balanced my ardour for strange delvings.

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Anglo-Norman ardour, ardur, from Latin ārdor, ārdōrem; compare ardaunt.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /arˈduːr/, /ˈardur/

Noun[edit]

ardour (plural ardours) (rare, Late Middle English)

  1. ardour (emotional passion or intensity)
  2. A fiery, painful feeling.

Descendants[edit]

  • English: ardor, ardour

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Old French[edit]

Noun[edit]

ardour f (oblique plural ardours, nominative singular ardour, nominative plural ardours)

  1. Late Anglo-Norman spelling of ardur
    toun ardour et l’estudie de aprendre [] deit estre provee