Synonyms Word Origin See more synonyms for torrid on Thesaurus.com 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 1580–90;
dried up, parched, equivalent to
) to parch, burn (see
-idus -id 4 Related forms tor·rid·i·ty, tor·rid·ness, noun tor·rid·ly, adverb hy·per·tor·rid, adjective hy·per·tor·rid·ly, adverb hy·per·tor·rid·ness, noun un·tor·rid, adjective un·tor·rid·ly, adverb un·tor·rid·ness, noun un·tor·rid·i·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for torridity so hot and dry as to parch or scorch arid or parched highly charged emotionally a torrid love scene Derived Forms torridity or torridness, noun torridly, adverb Word Origin
C16: from Latin
torridus, from torrēre to scorch
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Word Origin and History for torridity torrid adj.
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.
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Parched with the heat of the sun.
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