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torrential

[ taw-ren-shuh l, toh-, tuh- ]
/ tɔˈrɛn ʃəl, toʊ-, tə- /
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adjective

pertaining to or having the nature of a torrent.
resembling a torrent in rapidity or violence.
falling in torrents: torrential rains.
produced by the action of a torrent.
violent, vehement, or impassioned.
overwhelming; extraordinarily copious.

RELATED WORDS

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

Nearby words

torrens, torrens system, torrens title, torrens, lake, torrent, torrential, torrentially, torres bodet, torres bodet, jaime, torres strait, torrey

Origin of torrential

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

torrential

/ (tɒˈrɛnʃəl, tə-) /

adjective

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

torrential


adj.

1849; see torrent + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper