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Definition less heat (or enthusiasm) than might be expected
  • His arguments that I did not follow the chain of command were a bit tepid after that.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Hizdahr, of the tepid kisses.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Where did you get the notion—what made you think you could serve me this tepid bilge with even a glimmer of hope I would drink it?
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • His face splashed into shallow tepid water, which gurgled around him and ran up his nose.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Her handmaids filled the tub with tepid water that stank of sulfur, sweetening it with jars of bitter oil and handfuls of crushed mint leaves.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • It was to be worse than jail, even; the tepid waters of Cordelia Street were to close over him finally and forever.
    Willa Cather  --  Paul's Case
  • After the first shock of cold had passed and he came back to the surface the water seemed tepid.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • In the tepid wind they felt the plague.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • And then we fought, my dad and I, while we crunched burnt toast and swigged tepid tea.
    David Almond  --  Skellig
  • Faced with trouble at home and pressure from abroad, P. W. Botha offered a tepid, halfway measure.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • The water was crystal clear and warm as a tepid bath.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • It hadn't given him much pleasure to settle for tepid water after a long day on the road.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • It was tepid, only faintly effervescent, delicious.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • The small group on the right erupted in wild cheering, while the larger audience on the left applauded tepidly.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • In the prairie heat she trudged along unchanging ways, talked about nothing to tepid people, and reflected that she might never escape from them.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Simon poured a glass full of the tepid liquid and brought it to Maia.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • Heavy thunderstorms rolled into Atlanta early in the week and hovered overhead, soaking the field into a tepid mush, like a cotton mop dunked in a bucket.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • The shock experienced by John Adams on his first arrival in France was tepid compared to that of his wife.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The damp logs in the fireplace make the house smoky and give off a tepid heat.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Before dialing, he found it all too easy to imagine that she'd answer with only tepid enthusiasm.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride

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