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ardour (countable and uncountable, plural ardours)

  1. British spelling and Canadian spelling spelling of ardor
    • 1818, [Mary Shelley], chapter VI, in Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. In Three Volumes, volume III, London: Printed [by 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.


Old French[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