An order of angels distinguished for fervent zeal and religious
ardour. The word means “to burn.” (See Isaiah vi. 2.)
Thousand celestial ardours [seraphs] where he stood
Veiled with his gorgeous wings, up springing light,
Flew through the midst of heaven.
Milton: Paradise Lost,
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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