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  1. moderately warm; lukewarm: tepid water.
  2. characterized by a lack of force or enthusiasm: tepid prose; the critics' tepid reception for the new play.
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Origin of tepid

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin tepidus lukewarm, equivalent to tep(ēre) to be lukewarm + -idus -id4
Related formste·pid·i·ty, tep·id·ness, nountep·id·ly, adverbsub·tep·id, adjectivesub·tep·id·ly, adverbsub·tep·id·ness, nounsub·te·pid·i·ty, noun

Synonyms for tepid

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Historical Examples of tepidity

  • You bet I rejoice at the outlook—I long to escape from tepidity.

    The Letters of William James, Vol. II

    William James

  • She took an interest in Laura partly perhaps to make up for the tepidity with which she regarded Selina.

  • Assist me to overcome sensuality by mortification, avarice by almsdeeds, anger by meekness, and tepidity by zeal.

  • The harder he worked, the more hotly he pursued knowledge, the more urgent was a man's need for intervals of tepidity.

    The Pastor's Wife

    Elizabeth von Arnim

British Dictionary definitions for tepidity


  1. slightly warm; lukewarm
  2. relatively unenthusiastic or apatheticthe play had a tepid reception
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Derived Formstepidity or tepidness, nountepidly, adverb

Word Origin for tepid

C14: from Latin tepidus, from tepēre to be lukewarm
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Word Origin and History for tepidity



c.1400, from Latin tepidus "lukewarm," from tepere "be warm," from PIE root *tep- "warm" (cf. Sanskrit tapati "makes warm, heats, burns," tapah "heat;" Avestan tafnush "fever;" Old Church Slavonic topiti "to warm," teplu "warm;" Old Irish tene "fire;" Welsh tes "heat").

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