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[tawr-id, tor-] /ˈtɔr ɪd, ˈtɒr-/
subject to parching or burning heat, especially of the sun, as a geographical area:
the torrid sands of the Sahara.
oppressively hot, parching, or burning, as climate, weather, or air.
ardent; passionate:
a torrid love story.
Origin of torrid
1580-90; < Latin torridus dried up, parched, equivalent to torr(ēre) to parch, burn (see torrent, thirst) + -idus -id4
Related forms
torridity, torridness, noun
torridly, adverb
hypertorrid, adjective
hypertorridly, adverb
hypertorridness, noun
untorrid, adjective
untorridly, adverb
untorridness, noun
untorridity, noun
1. tropical. 2. scorching, fiery.
1. arctic. 2. frigid. 3. cool. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for torrid
  • Several in the national security community considered her torrid online questioning to be an unseemly form of soliciting secrets.
  • The movement seems to be growing daily, despite the torrid summer heat.
  • And newer inventions and innovations come at a torrid pace.
  • Given such torrid growth, the markets are becoming increasingly vital to global financial stability.
  • Because of its implications for both games and computing, graphics innovation has proceeded at a torrid pace.
  • Almost a thousand years ago, they began a torrid affair.
  • The crashing surf makes good background music for a torrid affair straight out of a romance novel.
  • During this torrid time of the year, hoses may be a garden's lifeline but they also kink, tangle and trip.
  • But it's unlikely that stocks will keep up such a torrid pace.
  • But the inflation that came with such torrid growth also cascaded downwards, affecting the cost of living across the country.
British Dictionary definitions for torrid


so hot and dry as to parch or scorch
arid or parched
highly charged emotionally: a torrid love scene
Derived Forms
torridity, torridness, noun
torridly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin torridus, from torrēre to scorch
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Contemporary definitions for torrid

intensely emotional; passionate

Word Origin

Latin torrere 'to dry with heat''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for torrid

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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torrid in Science
Parched with the heat of the sun.
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