- 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.
- 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.
- 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: L torridus from torrere, to dry: see thirst
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adjective tor·rid·er, tor·rid·est
- Parched with the heat of the sun; intensely hot.
- Scorching; burning: the torrid noonday sun.
- Passionate; ardent: a torrid love scene.
- Hurried; rapid: set a torrid pace; torrid economic growth.
Origin: Latin torridus, from torrēre, to parch; see ters- in Indo-European roots.
- tor·ridˈi·ty, torˈrid·ness noun
- torˈrid·ly adverb
torrid - Science Definition
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