torrential

[taw-ren-shuhl, toh-, tuh-]
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:
1840–50; torrent + -ial

torrentially, adverb
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torrential (tɒˈrɛnʃəl, tə-)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to a torrent
2.  pouring or flowing fast, violently, or heavily: torrential rain
3.  abundant, overwhelming, or irrepressible: torrential abuse
 
torrentially
 
adv

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Example sentences
It was carved through the ages by the erosive agency of torrential rains and
  melting snows.
Sopping wet after standing in line for the press bus security check in
  torrential rain.
Outside, the rain was still torrential and the pavements vanished.
Months of torrential rain have caused flooding and landslides all over the
  country.
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