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tepid

[tep-id] /ˈtɛp ɪd/
adjective
1.
moderately warm; lukewarm:
tepid water.
2.
characterized by a lack of force or enthusiasm:
tepid prose; the critics' tepid reception for the new play.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin tepidus lukewarm, equivalent to tep(ēre) to be lukewarm + -idus -id4
Related forms
tepidity, tepidness, noun
tepidly, adverb
subtepid, adjective
subtepidly, adverb
subtepidness, noun
subtepidity, noun
Synonyms
1. moderate, mild. 2. unemotional, halfhearted, apathetic.
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  • All of these books garnered tepid reviews and bare-minimum sales.
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  • And if you put it into a pot of tepid water and then turn on the heat, it will scramble out as soon as it gets uncomfortably warm.
  • We eat tepid lasagna and discuss any troubles lurking in our neighborhoods.
  • We are frogs in tepid water and the burner is getting turned up.
  • The phones got tepid reviews and were plagued by reports of extremely poor sales.
  • Surprisingly, political opposition has been tepid and there has never been a concerted repeal effort.
  • The mushrooms develop more flavor, though, if you use the slower method of soaking them in tepid water for six hours or overnight.
  • But the execution is too tepid and conversational to amount to much.
  • Events culminate with a surprisingly tepid riot by inmates in the refugee camp.
British Dictionary definitions for tepid

tepid

/ˈtɛpɪd/
adjective
1.
slightly warm; lukewarm
2.
relatively unenthusiastic or apathetic: the play had a tepid reception
Derived Forms
tepidity, tepidness, noun
tepidly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin tepidus, from tepēre to be lukewarm
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Word Origin and History for tepid
adj.

c.1400, from Latin tepidus "lukewarm," from tepere "be warm," from PIE root *tep- "warm" (cf. Sanskrit tapati "makes warm, heats, burns," tapah "heat;" Avestan tafnush "fever;" Old Church Slavonic topiti "to warm," teplu "warm;" Old Irish tene "fire;" Welsh tes "heat").

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