- subject to parching or burning heat, especially of the sun, as a geographical area: the torrid sands of the Sahara.
- oppressively hot, parching, or burning, as climate, weather, or air.
- ardent; passionate: a torrid love story.
Origin of torrid
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Examples from the Web for torrid
It is tasked with mitigating environmental destruction brought on by three and a half decades of torrid growth.Why China Won’t Eclipse the United States
June 12, 2014
They look at each other meaningfully—and repair to the boiler room for some torrid sex.‘Halt and Catch Fire’ and AMC’s Push to Reset Dramas
May 30, 2014
The pace of fourth quarter growth is nowhere near as torrid – about 2.3 percent according to Macroeconomic Advisers.Bad News for People Who Like Bad News
December 20, 2013
Basil, cucumber, mangoes, the cooing of turtledoves on torrid afternoons, the screech of buses coming to a sudden halt.André Aciman: How I Write
November 28, 2012
Michelle Cottle on the ballad of Johnny and Rielle—and the lessons we can all learn from their torrid affair.What You Can Learn From John Edwards and Rielle Hunter
June 27, 2012
But in the height of summer the heat is torrid on the Roof of France.The Roof of France
Bitter indeed must be the wintry blast, torrid the rays of summer here.In the Heart of Vosges
Then it entered into a zone of torrid light which the sun threw on the waves.A Romance of the West Indies
We have valleys and we have mountains; we have torrid and we have temperate zones.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
It seemed as if the torrid days of late summer were harder to bear than July had been.The Forbidden Trail
- so hot and dry as to parch or scorch
- arid or parched
- highly charged emotionallya torrid love scene
Word Origin and History for torrid
1580s, in torrid zone "region of the earth between the tropics," from Latin torrida zona, from fem. of torridus "dried with heat, scorching hot," from torrere "to parch," from PIE root *ters- "to dry" (see terrain). Sense of "very hot" is first attested 1610s.
- Parched with the heat of the sun.