[tawr-id, tor-]
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.

1580–90; < Latin torridus dried up, parched, equivalent to torr(ēre) to parch, burn (see torrent, thirst) + -idus -id4

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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torrid (ˈtɒrɪd)
1.  so hot and dry as to parch or scorch
2.  arid or parched
3.  highly charged emotionally: a torrid love scene
[C16: from Latin torridus, from torrēre to scorch]

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Main Entry:  torrid1
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  extremely and unpleasantly hot; scorching
Etymology:  Latin torrere 'to dry with heat'
Main Entry:  torrid2
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  intensely emotional; passionate
Etymology:  Latin torrere 'to dry with heat''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin & History

1586, in torrid zone "region of the earth between the tropics," from L. torrida zona, from fem. of torridus "dried with heat, scorching hot," from torrere "to parch," from PIE base *ters- "to dry" (see terrain). Sense of "very hot" is first attested 1611.
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torrid   (tôr'ĭd)  Pronunciation Key 
Parched with the heat of the sun.
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Example sentences
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.
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