ardent spirits

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ar·dent spir·its

brandy, whiskey, and other forms of distilled alcoholic liquors.
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In fact, as this last reflection indicated--this instinctive return to hope--sentiments of weakness or fear did not dwell long in her ardent spirit.
The dull precious metal seemed to flash with a reflection of her bright and ardent spirit.
Innocent as the young man was of all wrong, every artful insinuation stung, every well- considered sarcasm cut him to the quick; and when Ralph noted his pale face and quivering lip, he hugged himself to mark how well he had chosen the taunts best calculated to strike deep into a young and ardent spirit.
No nation is drunken where wine is cheap; and none sober, where the dearness of wine substitutes ardent spirits as the common beverage.
They took the pledge which was to abstain from all liquors of an intoxicating quality, whether ale, porter, wine or ardent spirits, except as medicine.
and I learned a lot from the recipes that poured in after I announced the concept in my publication, the Ardent Spirits eLetter.
Sleepless nights, corroding passions, and a neglect of business, accompanied with the intempered use of ardent spirits, soon plunge both the gamester and his family, into one common ruin," he writes.
In 1821, Scott published a very long article entitled "Scheme for Restricting the Use of Ardent Spirits in the United States" in the Philadelphia National Gazette.