Entries linking to torpidity
1610s, "benumbed, without feeling or power," from Latin torpidus "benumbed, stupefied," from torpere "be numb or stiff" (from PIE root *ster- (1) "stiff"). Figurative sense of "sluggish, dull, apathetic" is from 1650s. Related: Torpidly; torpidness.
word-forming element making abstract nouns from adjectives and meaning "condition or quality of being ______," from Middle English -ite, from Old French -ete (Modern French -ité) and directly from Latin -itatem (nominative -itas), suffix denoting state or condition, composed of -i- (from the stem or else a connective) + the common abstract suffix -tas (see -ty (2)).
Roughly, the word in -ity usually means the quality of being what the adjective describes, or concretely an instance of the quality, or collectively all the instances; & the word in -ism means the disposition, or collectively all those who feel it. [Fowler]
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Harper, D. (n.d.). Etymology of torpidity. Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved $(datetime), from https://www.etymonline.com/word/torpidity
Harper Douglas, “Etymology of torpidity,” Online Etymology Dictionary, accessed $(datetime), https://www.etymonline.com/word/torpidity.
Harper, Douglas. “Etymology of torpidity.” Online Etymology Dictionary, https://www.etymonline.com/word/torpidity. Accessed $(datetimeMla).
D. Harper. “Etymology of torpidity.” Online Etymology Dictionary. https://www.etymonline.com/word/torpidity (accessed $(datetime)).
updated on February 12, 2014