Etymology: First attested w:1471, 1471, from its inflammability; see etymology section of ardent.
- A strong distilled alcoholic liquor or whiskey
- "Even then I realized the possibilities of my suburb, that hotbed of revolution in which heroes, inventors, and practical men of science, rogues and scoundrels, virtues and vices, were all packed together by poverty, stifled by necessity, drowned in drink, and consumed by ardent spirits."
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