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[tawr-id, tor-]
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  1. subject to parching or burning heat, especially of the sun, as a geographical area: the torrid sands of the Sahara.
  2. oppressively hot, parching, or burning, as climate, weather, or air.
  3. ardent; passionate: a torrid love story.
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Origin of torrid

1580–90; < Latin torridus dried up, parched, equivalent to torr(ēre) to parch, burn (see torrent, thirst) + -idus -id4
Related formstor·rid·i·ty, tor·rid·ness, nountor·rid·ly, adverbhy·per·tor·rid, adjectivehy·per·tor·rid·ly, adverbhy·per·tor·rid·ness, nounun·tor·rid, adjectiveun·tor·rid·ly, adverbun·tor·rid·ness, nounun·tor·rid·i·ty, noun


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1. arctic. 2. frigid. 3. cool.
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British Dictionary definitions for torridity


  1. so hot and dry as to parch or scorch
  2. arid or parched
  3. highly charged emotionallya torrid love scene
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Derived Formstorridity or torridness, nountorridly, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Latin torridus, from torrēre to scorch
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Word Origin and History for torridity



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.

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torridity in Science


  1. Parched with the heat of the sun.
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