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ardor (noun) enthusiasm; passion.
A strong enthusiasm or a strong liking for something is ardor for it. If a person has ardor for music, they are very enthusiastic about singing, about playing a musical instrument, or about listening to music. When you have ardor for something, you are very interested in doing it, and you do it with enthusiasm. You love to do it, and even encourage others to do it.
- Julia inherited from her father, an ardor for winter sports, so whenever she has the opportunity, she flies to Switzerland, neglecting even the more important things.
- Florence Nightingale's ardor for serving the wounded in the Crimean War was such that, even in cold winter nights, she would sacrifice her own sleep, and with a lamp would visit the patients.