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  1. inactive or sluggish.
  2. slow; dull; apathetic; lethargic.
  3. dormant, as a hibernating or estivating animal.
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Origin of torpid1

1605–15; < Latin torpidus numb, equivalent to torp(ēre) to be stiff or numb + -idus -id4
Related formstor·pid·i·ty, tor·pid·ness, nountor·pid·ly, adverb
Can be confusedtorpid turbid turgid


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2. indolent. 3. See inactive.


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Examples from the Web for torpidity

Historical Examples

  • All insects, however, do not undergo this degree of torpidity.

    An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. II (of 4)

    William Kirby

  • 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 torpidity leaves the snakes and the turtles, and they come forth and bask in the sun.

    A Year in the Fields

    John Burroughs

  • Herr Carovius, awakening from his torpidity, saw that it was high time to make some effort to escape.

    The Goose Man

    Jacob Wassermann

British Dictionary definitions for torpidity


  1. apathetic, sluggish, or lethargic
  2. (of a hibernating animal) dormant; having greatly reduced metabolic activity
  3. unable to move or feel
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Derived Formstorpidity, nountorpidly, adverb

Word Origin

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).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

torpidity in Medicine


  1. Deprived of power of motion or feeling.
  2. Lethargic; apathetic.
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Related formstor•pidi•ty n.
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