[taw-ren-shuh l, toh-, tuh-]


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.

Origin of torrential

First recorded in 1840–50; torrent + -ial
Related formstor·ren·tial·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for torrential

Contemporary Examples of torrential

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.


    James Huneker

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

British Dictionary definitions for torrential



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

1849; see torrent + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper