Definitions

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  • n. Dryness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Dryness; aridity; destitution of moisture.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Dryness; aridity; absence of moisture.

Etymologies

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From Latin siccitas, from siccus ("dry").

Examples

  • To the preservation of life the natural heat is most requisite, though siccity and humidity, and those first qualities, be not excluded.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • For thirst is increased by eating for this reason, because that meat by its natural siccity contracts and destroys all that small quantity of moisture which remained scattered here and there through the body; just as happens in things obvious to our senses; we see the earth, dust, and the like presently suck in the moisture that is mixed with them.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • “We first had a feeling of siccity in the pharynx, then intolerable pains at the epigastrium, super purgation, coma.”

    Madame Bovary

  • How they manage to acquire so much sap amidst the surrounding siccity is inexplicable, unless it is that they possess the function of absorbing and condensing moisture by an unusual and unknown method.

    Arizona Sketches

  • Only by extreme siccity is such land possible when more water rises in evaporation than falls by precipitation.

    Arizona Sketches

  • Sometimes easier words are changed into harder; as, burial, into sepulture or interment; dry [2], into desiccative; dryness, into siccity or aridity; fit, into paroxism; for the easiest word, whatever it be, can never be translated into one more easy. '

    Life Of Johnson

  • "We first had a feeling of siccity in the pharynx, then intolerable pains at the epigastrium, super purgation, coma."

    Madame Bovary

  • Thus some explanations are unavoidably reciprocal or circular, as _hind, the female of the stag; stag, the male of the hind_: sometimes easier words are changed into harder, as _burial_ into _sepulture, or interment, drier_ into _desiccative, dryness_ into _siccity_ or

    Prefaces and Prologues to Famous Books with Introductions, Notes and Illustrations

  • In so great a siccity of devotion as we see in these days, we have a thousand and a thousand colleges that pass it over commodiously enough, expecting every day their dinner from the liberality of Heaven.

    The Essays of Montaigne — Volume 07

  • Moreover, several men, when they have drunk nothing at all, but only washed themselves, all on a sudden are freed from a very violent hunger, because the extrinsic moisture entering the pores makes the meat within more succulent and of a more nourishing nature, so that the heat and fury of the hunger declines and abates; and therefore a great many of those who have a mind to starve themselves to death live a long time only by drinking water; that is, as long as the siccity does not quite consume whatever may be united to and nourish the body.

    Symposiacs

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