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Definition of people:  slow or inactive — usually resulting from a lack of energy and interest


of animals:  a condition of biological rest or suspended animation — (could be in the evening, during the cold, or as in a hibernated or dormant state all winter)

Torpid is the adjective form of torpor and though it is used less, it is on more SAT vocabulary review lists.
  • The news has stirred the country's usually torpid parliament to action.
torpid = slow or inactive
  • The country suffers from rising youth unemployment and torpid growth.
  • torpid = sluggish or slow
  • The heartrate of the most torpid of the bears dropped to 8.9 beats per minute.
  • torpid = in a state of hibernation
  • Even when he was awake he was completely torpid.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • torpid = inactive (sluggish)
  • The moment that he did so, there came what seemed a tumultuous rush of new life, other life than his own pouring like a torrent into his heart, and hurrying through all his veins, as if the mother and the child were communicating their vital warmth to his half-torpid system.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • torpid = dormant or lifeless
  • He sat there, torpid, sweating, and tongue-tied, as, after the manner of the famous program, his life was sketchily reviewed.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • torpid = slow or inactive
  • He had detected the latent sensuality, which unfolded under his delicate sense of her nature's requirements like a torpid, torrid, sensitive blossom.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • torpid = slow
  • I could remember staring torpidly through these windows a hundred times out at the elms of the Center Common.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • torpidly = with little energy
  • In short, the almost torpid creatures of my own fancy twitted me with imbecility, and not without fair occasion.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • torpid = dormant, lifeless or sluggish
  • Two or three of their number, as I was assured, being gouty and rheumatic, or perhaps bed-ridden, never dreamed of making their appearance at the Custom-House during a large part of the year; but, after a torpid winter, would creep out into the warm sunshine of May or June, go lazily about what they termed duty, and, at their own leisure and convenience, betake themselves to bed again.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • torpid = sluggish
  • It was pleasant in the summer forenoons—when the fervent heat, that almost liquefied the rest of the human family, merely communicated a genial warmth to their half torpid systems—it was pleasant to hear them chatting in the back entry, a row of them all tipped against the wall, as usual; while the frozen witticisms of past generations were thawed out, and came bubbling with laughter from their lips.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • torpid = dormant or lifeless
  • Memory was not so utterly torpid in Silas that it could not be awakened by these words.
    Eliot, George  --  Silas Marner
  • The bold and reckless young blood of ten-years back was subjugated and was turned into a torpid, submissive, middle-aged, stout gentleman.
    Thackeray, William Makepeace  --  Vanity Fair
  • The ceiling was all too low: torpid spiders hung in disreputable parlors, dead to the eye, but loathsomely alive at an involuntary touch.
    Hornung, E. W.  --  Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • The universe was torpid.
    Wodehouse, Pelham Grenville  --  Uneasy Money
  • Wedded to Rowena, indeed, her nobler and more generous soul may yet awake the better nature which is torpid within him.
    Scott, Walter  --  Ivanhoe
  • torpid frogs
  • a mind grown torpid in old age
  • torpid = slow and inactive
  • I lie awake while thou sleepest, I weep while thou singest, I am faint with fasting while thou art sluggish and torpid from pure repletion.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Oh, yes; but my heart was torpid, and therefore quiet.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini's Daughter

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