- inactive or sluggish.
- slow; dull; apathetic; lethargic.
- dormant, as a hibernating or estivating animal.
Origin of torpid1
1605–15; < Latin torpidus numb, equivalent to torp(ēre) to be stiff or numb + -idus -id4
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Related Wordsinertness, sloth, sleep, languor, disinterest, idleness, dullness, impassivity, indifference, unconcern, inaction, torpor, passiveness, listlessness, coma, inertia, inactivity, stupor, slumber, apathy
Examples from the Web for torpidity
All insects, however, do not undergo this degree of torpidity.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. II (of 4)
During 1817 Irving was mostly in the depths of gloom, a prey to the monotony of life and torpidity of intellect.Washington Irving
Charles Dudley Warner
Or is there some other cause of torpidity besides mere cold?The Romance of Natural History, Second Series
Philip Henry Gosse
The torpidity leaves the snakes and the turtles, and they come forth and bask in the sun.A Year in the Fields
Herr Carovius, awakening from his torpidity, saw that it was high time to make some effort to escape.The Goose Man
- apathetic, sluggish, or lethargic
- (of a hibernating animal) dormant; having greatly reduced metabolic activity
- unable to move or feel
C17: from Latin torpidus, from torpēre to be numb, motionless
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Word Origin and History for torpidity
1610s, from Latin torpidus "benumbed," from torpere "be numb or stiff" (see torpor).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Deprived of power of motion or feeling.
- Lethargic; apathetic.
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