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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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  • It is in the heat of the torrid Zone where nature puts forth all her energy, and displays her greatest resources.

    The Theistic Conception of the World B. F. (Benjamin Franklin) Cocker
  • It is the torrid zone that scorches the face, and tobacco the gun-powder that blows it up.

    Microcosmography John Earle
  • Why round her middle wears this world so rich a zone of torrid verdure, if she be not dressing for the final rites?

    Pierre; or The Ambiguities Herman Melville
  • I do not recollect to have ever seen an individual in haste while I dwelt in the torrid clime.

    Captain Canot Brantz Mayer
  • Two of these will separate the torrid from the temperate zones, and the remaining two, the temperate from the frigid.

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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