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torrential

[taw-ren-shuh l, toh-, tuh-]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to or having the nature of a torrent.
  2. resembling a torrent in rapidity or violence.
  3. falling in torrents: torrential rains.
  4. produced by the action of a torrent.
  5. violent, vehement, or impassioned.
  6. overwhelming; extraordinarily copious.
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Origin of torrential

First recorded in 1840–50; torrent + -ial
Related formstor·ren·tial·ly, adverb
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Related Words for torrential

teeming, abounding, copious, exuberant, superabundant, cornucopian, inundant, scaturient, torrential

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Historical Examples of torrential

  • From this cloud, fell a torrential rain, in which were hundreds of mussels.

  • They rode off in a hailstorm that gradually became a torrential rain.

    When the Owl Cries

    Paul Bartlett

  • There will be floods again if the rain continues so torrential.

    A Journal from Japan

    Marie Carmichael Stopes

  • He whirls his readers off their feet by the torrential flow of his argument.

    Egoists

    James Huneker

  • When they are all, as it were, turned on together, the effect is torrential!


British Dictionary definitions for torrential

torrential

adjective
  1. of or relating to a torrent
  2. pouring or flowing fast, violently, or heavilytorrential rain
  3. abundant, overwhelming, or irrepressibletorrential abuse
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Derived Formstorrentially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for torrential

adj.

1849; see torrent + -al (1).

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