Torrid can mean "emotionally charged and passionate," like a torrid romance in a soap opera. But if you’re listening to a torrid band, you’re simply hearing musicians that have a lot of energy.

Torrid is an adjective that can literally describe something extremely hot — like a torrid afternoon in the desert. It also describes something that's very energetic, or something that has an extreme emotional charge — which is why people often apply torrid to intense romantic relationships. Torrid comes from the Latin word torrere, meaning “parch or scorch.”

Definitions of torrid
  1. adjective
    characterized by intense emotion
    “a torrid love affair”
    synonyms: ardent, fervent, fervid, fiery, impassioned, perfervid
    having or expressing strong emotions
  2. adjective
    emotionally charged and vigorously energetic
    “a torrid dance”
    torrid jazz bands”
    “hot trumpets and torrid rhythms”
    extended meanings; especially of psychological heat; marked by intensity or vehemence especially of passion or enthusiasm
  3. adjective
    extremely hot
    “the torrid noonday sun”
    used of physical heat; having a high or higher than desirable temperature or giving off heat or feeling or causing a sensation of heat or burning
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