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Ardor


'ARDOR, noun [Latin]

1. Heat, in a literal sense; as, the ardor of the sun's rays.

2. Warmth, or heat, applied to the passions and affections; eagerness; as, he pursues study with ardor; they fought with ardor

Milton uses the word for person or spirit bright and effulgent, but by an unusual license.