Definition of arid in English:

arid

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Pronunciation: /ˈarɪd
 
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adjective

1(Of land or a climate) having little or no rain; too dry or barren to support vegetation: the arid plains north of Cape Town
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  • However, from Karadi to Dandi, the land is arid and the vegetation scrubby.
  • The arid climate makes the desert the best outdoor setting to keep planes free of corrosion.
  • The arid land of this autonomous republic supports a nomadic lifestyle.
Synonyms
dry, dried up, waterless, as dry as a bone, moistureless, parched, scorched, baked, thirsty; dehydrated, desiccated; barren, desert, waste, desolate; infertile, non-fertile, unfruitful, unproductive, uncultivatable, sterile
rare infecund, droughty, torrefied
2Lacking in interest, excitement, or meaning: his arid years in suburbia
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  • Human stories are more interesting than an arid study of theology.
  • Yoga classes without this element seem to me arid and dull.
Synonyms

Origin

mid 17th century: from French aride or Latin aridus, from arere 'be dry or parched'.

Derivatives

aridity

Pronunciation: /əˈrɪdɪti/
noun
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  • There was a world cooling - eight hypotheses exist to explain it! - with intense aridity that created Australia's sub-zones such as south-western and north-western Australia.
  • By the way, Darwin was a naturalist and most would take his comments about Australia's limited prospects as relating to soil quality and aridity, and the subsequently smaller potential population.
  • More than anything I was struck by how incredibly green and lush everything looked after the dryness of the Spanish countryside. I have not been to Spain before, and I was quite taken aback by the aridity of it all.

aridly

adverb
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  • I am struck by how many serious intellectuals we have writing at the moment, not aridly intellectual, but certainly with a spiritual dimension - the spirituality of the everyday.
  • Parris also seems to approve of the seemingly sophisticated but actually aridly semantic implied argument behind the phrase.
  • The writer continues to investigate the ideas of care and love, but he also speculates aridly on the nature of literary creativity.

aridness

noun
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  • Book releases, art exhibitions, theatre camps and more, holding out the promise of being a haven for creativity in these times of aridness.
  • The bouncy tempo and scale-based riff are the sparsest elements on the whole album and after 40 minutes of extraordinarily dense arrangements the aridness is a nice change of pace.
  • The lands of the Southwest, in their aridness, showed him concretely the underlying fragility of the land community, and the interconnectedness of its members.

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