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[ar-id] /ˈær ɪd/
being without moisture; extremely dry; parched: arid land;
an arid climate.
barren or unproductive because of lack of moisture:
arid farmland.
lacking interest or imaginativeness; sterile; jejune:
an arid treatment of an exciting topic.
Origin of arid
1645-55; (< F) < Latin āridus, equivalent to ār(ēre) to be dry + -idus -id4; cf. ash1
Related forms
[uh-rid-i-tee] /əˈrɪd ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
aridness, noun
aridly, adverb
hyperarid, adjective
Synonym Study
1. See dry. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for aridity
Historical Examples
  • She coyly owned to aridity, and they entered the saloon, kept by a Dutchman who spoke English.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • There is aridity, there is wildness, and yet there is a certain monotony.

    The Sea Jules Michelet
  • Giotto has here rendered the aridity of the summit of La Vernia, its pinnacles of rocks with stunted trees.

    The Story of Assisi Lina Duff Gordon
  • That great craving for cold and wet is a sign of the heat and aridity that is within.

  • On the dust it shines; on the gray Egyptian plain, in its season of aridity, it shimmers, and eclipses everything.

    The Insect Jules Michelet
  • But usually it is merely the problem of aridity; which is only a challenge to enterprise.

    The Challenge of the Country George Walter Fiske
  • Then he saw the long street flecked with sunshine stretching onward into the aridity of endless to-morrows.

  • He might have learnt from his own experience the aridity of a life which is barren of love.

    Robert Browning Edward Dowden
  • The leading feature in the climate of the extensive and irregular region just outlined is its aridity.

    North America Israel C. Russell
  • As aridity is the weak point of the Pampas in their agricultural aspect, so monotony is the defect of their scenery.

British Dictionary definitions for aridity


having little or no rain; dry; parched with heat
devoid of interest
Derived Forms
aridity (əˈrɪdɪtɪ), aridness, noun
aridly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin āridus, from ārēre to be dry
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Word Origin and History for aridity

1590s, from Middle French aridité or directly from Latin ariditatem (nominative ariditas) "dryness," from aridus (see arid). The Latin word was used figuratively of unadorned styles as well as stingy men.



1650s, "dry, parched," from French aride (15c.) or directly from Latin aridus "dry, arid, parched," from arere "to be dry," from PIE root *as- "to burn, glow" (see ash (n.1)). Figurative sense of "uninteresting" is from 1827. Related: Aridly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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aridity in Science
Very dry, especially having less precipitation than is needed to support most trees or woody plants. Deserts have arid climates.
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