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[tawr-id, tor-] /ˈtɔr ɪd, ˈtɒr-/
subject to parching or burning heat, especially of the sun, as a geographical area:
the torrid sands of the Sahara.
oppressively hot, parching, or burning, as climate, weather, or air.
ardent; passionate:
a torrid love story.
Origin of torrid
1580-90; < Latin torridus dried up, parched, equivalent to torr(ēre) to parch, burn (see torrent, thirst) + -idus -id4
Related forms
torridity, torridness, noun
torridly, adverb
hypertorrid, adjective
hypertorridly, adverb
hypertorridness, noun
untorrid, adjective
untorridly, adverb
untorridness, noun
untorridity, noun
1. tropical. 2. scorching, fiery.
1. arctic. 2. frigid. 3. cool. Unabridged
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  • But in the height of summer the heat is torrid on the Roof of France.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • Bitter indeed must be the wintry blast, torrid the rays of summer here.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • Then it entered into a zone of torrid light which the sun threw on the waves.

  • We have valleys and we have mountains; we have torrid and we have temperate zones.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • It seemed as if the torrid days of late summer were harder to bear than July had been.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
British Dictionary definitions for torrid


so hot and dry as to parch or scorch
arid or parched
highly charged emotionally: a torrid love scene
Derived Forms
torridity, torridness, noun
torridly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin torridus, from torrēre to scorch
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Contemporary definitions for torrid

intensely emotional; passionate

Word Origin

Latin torrere 'to dry with heat''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for torrid

1580s, in torrid zone "region of the earth between the tropics," from Latin torrida zona, from fem. of torridus "dried with heat, scorching hot," from torrere "to parch," from PIE root *ters- "to dry" (see terrain). Sense of "very hot" is first attested 1610s.

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torrid in Science
Parched with the heat of the sun.
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