moderately warm; lukewarm: tepid water.
characterized by a lack of force or enthusiasm: tepid prose; the critics' tepid reception for the new play.

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin tepidus lukewarm, equivalent to tep(ēre) to be lukewarm + -idus -id4

tepidity, tepidness, noun
tepidly, adverb
subtepid, adjective
subtepidly, adverb
subtepidness, noun
subtepidity, noun

1. moderate, mild. 2. unemotional, halfhearted, apathetic.
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tepid (ˈtɛpɪd)
1.  slightly warm; lukewarm
2.  relatively unenthusiastic or apathetic: the play had a tepid reception
[C14: from Latin tepidus, from tepēre to be lukewarm]

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, from L. tepidus "lukewarm," from tepere "be warm," from PIE base *tep- "warm" (cf. Skt. tapati "makes warm, heats, burns," tapah "heat;" Avestan tafnush "fever;" O.C.S. topiti "to warm," teplu "warm;" O.Ir. tene "fire;" Welsh tes "heat").
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Example sentences
All of these books garnered tepid reviews and bare-minimum sales.
His unprecedented and outrageous claims of executive privilege received only a
  tepid response.
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.
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