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Definition of "torpid" [tor•pid]

  • Deprived of the power of motion or feeling; benumbed. (adjective)
  • Dormant; hibernating. (adjective)
  • Lethargic; apathetic. See Synonyms at inactive. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "torpid" in a sentence
  • "So in continued fevers, when the stomach is totally torpid, which is known by the total aversion to solid food, the cutaneous capillaries are by reverse sympathy in a perpetual state of increased activity, as appears from the heat of the skin."
  • "One evening, I sat upon our front step, in a kind of torpid state of mind through my refusal to contemplate the dismal future."
  • "But he did not shed even a single tear, only his face looked more severe than usual, but there was depicted in it a kind of torpid calm."