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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SULTRY

It was sultry, and there was something in the atmosphere that at once threatened and soothed.

He went to the window and gasped in the mists of the sultry air for breath.

The day was sultry, and the heat, even in the dense shade of the jungle, oppressive.

The day had been humid, warm and sultry, and the doors and windows were open.

The day was sultry, and June in all its power ruled the countryside.

It was a sultry forenoon, and the windows and doors of the building were open.

The room grew calmer and the work was carried on in the sultry heat.

In hot, sultry weather the boar may be run down by the hounds and captured.

The rain came to Hidden Water in great drops, warmed by the sultry air.

The night was sultry; her pulses bounding; her brow hot with fever.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, "oppressively hot, close and moist" (of weather), from obsolete verb sulter "to swelter" (1580s), alteration of swelter. Figurative sense of "hot with lust" is attested from 1704; of women, "lascivious, sensual, arousing desire" it is recorded from 1940.

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