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arid

[ ar-id ]SEE DEFINITION OF arid
  • adj.dry
  • adj.uninterested, spiritless

Synonyms for arid

  • barren
  • bone-dry
  • desert
  • dusty
  • parched
  • dry as a bone
  • dry as dust
  • moistureless
  • thirsty
  • waterless
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Antonyms for arid

  • fertile
  • productive
  • damp
  • humid
  • interested
  • lively
  • moist
  • spirited
  • wet
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ARID

Though the desert were arid on this side, it was her desert, and there in her tent must she abide.

He was accustomed to far higher temperatures on the arid planet that was his home.

One could not fancy a drop of moisture upon that arid surface.

Not a word or even a mutter assisted this short and arid handshake.

In the syllogistic system he found only subtlety and arid ingenuity.

What an impressive contrast to the arid physics of the time based also on Aristotle!

A pile of empty cans, symbol of the arid lands, lay beside the path.

She seemed to have found a way to the Dowager's arid heart, as her own son had not.

This system is in general use throughout the arid portions of the West.

But whether it was an arid desert or not he was unable to tell.

WORD ORIGIN

1650s, "dry, parched," from French aride (15c.) or directly from Latin aridus "dry, arid, parched," from arere "to be dry," from PIE root *as- "to burn, glow" (see ash (n.1)). Figurative sense of "uninteresting" is from 1827. Related: Aridly.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ARID

anhydrous

adjectivewithout water
  • arid
  • bone-dry
  • dehydrated
  • dry
  • evaporated
  • moistureless
  • parched
  • waterless

barest

adjectivewithout covering or content
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