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as in:  a sultry afternoon

It was a sultry afternoon. I could barely breath.
  hot and humid
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sultry sultriness
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  • It was a sultry afternoon. I could barely breath.
  • The forecast is for another round of overnight storms followed by another sultry day.
  • It was a close, sultry day: devoid of sunshine, but with a sky too dappled and hazy to threaten rain: and our place of meeting had been fixed at the guide-stone, by the cross-roads.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • It was a cloudy, sultry afternoon; the seamen were lazily lounging about the decks, or vacantly gazing over into the lead-coloured waters.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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  • He had been poring over them for some time; and, as the day had been uncommonly sultry, and he had exerted himself a great deal, it is no disparagement to the authors, whoever they may have been, to say, that gradually and by slow degrees, he fell asleep.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • In the evening it grows sultry and the heat rises from the earth.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Even the weather seemed to be celebrating; as June approached, the days became cloudless and sultry, and all anybody felt like doing was strolling onto the grounds and flopping down on the grass with several pints of iced pumpkin juice, perhaps playing a casual game of Gobstones or watching the giant squid propel itself dreamily across the surface of the lake.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • These furious thoughts whirled around in Harry’s head, and his insides writhed with anger as a sultry, velvety night fell around him, the air full of the smell of warm, dry grass, and the only sound that of the low grumble of traffic on the road beyond the park railings.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • In 1986, on the sultry spring weekend that Chris graduated from Woodson High School, Walt and Billie threw a party for him.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Then the wind went again, it was hot and sultry as before.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca

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  • Still sultry, however, obliged by necessity, I went out with my gun, and...
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • The morning had been fine, but it was growing warm and sultry when at last we turned our faces homeward.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • The air that came in through the window was sultry; it made Dustfinger drowsy.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • The weather had been somewhat sultry, but not to any degree uncommon in the month of August.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • It was hot and sultry and Janie left the field and went home.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • The sultry, salty air swirled into the room behind him.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • The Summer Session—a few dozen boys being force-fed education, a stopgap while most of the masters were away and most of the traditions stored against sultriness—the Summer Session was over.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • The day of the reaping’s hot and sultry.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • With the sun hanging low, the air had none of the sultry humid heat of the coast, and I caught the scent of conifers drifting down from the mountains.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • Extremely sultry weather.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • It was a hot, sultry night.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • The wind fell away entirely during the evening, and at midnight there was a dead calm, a sultry heat, and that prevailing intensity which, on the approach of thunder, affects persons of a sensitive nature.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • The next day was exceedingly still and sultry, and with nothing special to engage them, the Pequod’s crew could hardly resist the spell of sleep induced by such a vacant sea.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Bare-headed in the sultry sun, Ahab stood on the bowsprit, and with one hand pushed far behind in readiness to wave his orders to the helmsman, cast his eager glance in the direction indicated aloft by the outstretched motionless arm of Daggoo.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I would paint her the life and joy of the fire-side circle and the lively summer group; I would follow her through the sultry fields at noon, and hear the low tones of her sweet voice in the moonlit evening walk; I would watch her in all her goodness and charity abroad, and the smiling untiring discharge of domestic duties at home; I would paint her and her dead sister’s child happy in their love for one another, and passing whole hours together in picturing the friends whom they hadů
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
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