- Very hot afternoon sun in a desert is an example of something that would be described as torrid.
- A sexually-charged love affair is an example of something that would be described as torrid.
The definition of torrid is hot and dry or full of difficulty and challenges, or something full of passion and emotion caused by sexual desire.
- dried by or subjected to intense heat, esp. of the sun; scorched; parched; arid
- so hot as to be parching or oppressive; scorching
- highly passionate, ardent, zealous, etc.
Origin of torridClassical Latin torridus from torrere, to dry: see thirst
- a. Parched with the heat of the sun; intensely hot: a torrid afternoon.b. Scorching; burning: the torrid noonday sun.
- Passionate; ardent: a torrid love scene.
- Hurried; rapid: set a torrid pace; torrid economic growth.
Origin of torridLatin torridus from torrēre to parch ; see ters- in Indo-European roots.
- tor·rid′i·ty tor′rid·ness
(comparative more torrid, superlative most torrid)
From Latin torridus, from torrere (“parch, scorch").