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Borrowed from Latin tepidus. Cognate with Sanskrit tap-, Proto-Slavic *teplъ.


  • enPR: tĕp'ĭd, IPA(key): /ˈtɛpɪd/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛpɪd


tepid (comparative tepider, superlative tepidest)

  1. Lukewarm; neither warm nor cool.
    Synonym: lukewarm
    I'm drinking a cup of tepid water.
  2. Uninterested; exhibiting little passion or eagerness; lukewarm.
    Synonyms: uninterested, lukewarm
    He gave me a tepid response to the proposal.
    • 2016 October 22, Rami G Khouri, “Lebanese oligarchy preserves its interests once again”, in Aljazeera[1]:
      The erratic behaviour of Hariri now is largely explained by the fact that his best days may be behind him, given his long absences from the country for security reasons, his declining Saudi business interests, some local challenges to his tepid leadership in recent municipal elections, and his decline in stature in the eyes of his Saudi backers.


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