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torrential

[taw-ren-shuh l, toh-, tuh-] /tɔˈrɛn ʃəl, toʊ-, tə-/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or having the nature of a torrent.
2.
resembling a torrent in rapidity or violence.
3.
falling in torrents:
torrential rains.
4.
produced by the action of a torrent.
5.
violent, vehement, or impassioned.
6.
overwhelming; extraordinarily copious.
Origin of torrential
1840-1850
1840-50; torrent + -ial
Related forms
torrentially, adverb
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  • He muttered an apology, I muttered an excuse, and then we both stopped, to the damming of the torrential haste behind us.

  • They rode off in a hailstorm that gradually became a torrential rain.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
  • With few exceptions rivers are torrential in character, although some are of considerable length.

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • There will be floods again if the rain continues so torrential.

    A Journal from Japan Marie Carmichael Stopes
  • The men were exhausted by days of heat, and soaked by nights of torrential rain.

    Sir John French Cecil Chisholm
British Dictionary definitions for torrential

torrential

/tɒˈrɛnʃəl; tə-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a torrent
2.
pouring or flowing fast, violently, or heavily: torrential rain
3.
abundant, overwhelming, or irrepressible: torrential abuse
Derived Forms
torrentially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for torrential
adj.

1849; see torrent + -al (1).

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