ars-, ard-

(Latin: fire)

ardency (s) (noun), ardencies (pl)
Warmth of passion or affection; eagerness; love and zeal: Norbert has an ardency for history and, as a result, he has a massive number of books on the subject in his library.
ardent (adjective), more ardent, most ardent
1. Expressing or characterized by warmth of feeling; passionate: Jake has an ardent desire to help homeless people find a safe place to sleep and to have food.
2. Displaying or characterized by strong enthusiasm or devotion; fervent: Fay is an ardent and dedicated believer in her religion.
Warm passions and affections.
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Ardentia verba. (Latin phrase)
Translation: "Words that burn."
ardently (adverb), more ardently, most ardently
With warmth; affectionately; passionately: The nurses are ardently dedicated to making their patients feel comfortable and to give them the medical attention that they need.
ardentness (s) (noun) (no plural)
1. Intense heat: The ardentness of the summer caused many people and creatures to suffer.
2. Warmth, passion, or feeling; eagerness: Brian's ardency or zeal for gambling made it very difficult for him to maintain any financial stability.
ardor (s) (noun), ardors (pl)
1. Great warmth of feeling; fervor; passion; fiery intensity of feeling: The speaker spoke with ardor about how more people should get jobs so they can take care of their financial needs.
2. Intense devotion, eagerness, or enthusiasm; zeal: The tennis player always showed great ardor when she was striving to win each game.
Performing with zeal and strong emotion.
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arson (s) (noun), arsons (pl)
The crime of maliciously, voluntarily, and willfully setting fire to a building, buildings, or other property for illegal purposes: One of the reasons arsons take place is so someone can collect payments from insurance companies for the damages that are done.
arson (adjective), more arson, most arson
A reference to deliberately setting a fire or fires: The terrorists made an arson attack against the village.
arsonist (s) (noun), arsonists (pl)
Someone who commits an act or crime of willfully, wrongfully, and unjustifiably setting property on fire often for the purpose of committing fraud: The arsonist threw gasoline on a pile of old rags and tossed a lit match onto the pile, hoping to destroy the building so he could collect an insurance payment that would be worth more than the property.
An arsonist is setting his store on fire so he can get a big insurance payment.
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arsonophobia, arsonphobia (s) (noun); arsonophobias, arsonphobias (pl)
An excessive fear of fire or of setting something on fire: Those who suffer with arsonophobia usually avoid striking matches, cigarette lighters, or attending places that involve the action of cooking outdoors over a campfire.

Historically, fire has been a source of both fear and awe, with both divine and evil interpretations; and such evil associations sometimes exist for anyone who suffers with arsonophobia.

Cross references of word groups that are related, directly, indirectly, or partly to: "fire, burn, glow, or ashes": -bust; cand-, cend-; caust-, caut-; crema-; ciner-; ether-; flagr-; flam-; focus, foci-; fulg-; gehenna-; ign-; phleg-; phlog-; pyreto-, -pyrexia; pyr-; spod- (ashes; waste); volcan-.