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  • n. The property of being tepid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being tepid; moderate warmth; lukewarmness; tepidness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Lukewarmness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a warmness resembling the temperature of the skin


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  • Which is technically correct, I guess, but the hedging tepidity really misrepresents the depth of scientific consensus on the issue.

    Matthew Yglesias » Washington Post Editorial Writers Should Read Their Paper’s Opinion Section

  • Between the Boston and San Diego press, where "Ruined" started its three-theatre tour, I have yet to see any tepidity or negativity in the reviews.

    Barney Frank and The Huntington's vibrant "Ruined"

  • "He decried, for example, the contradiction between the splendid outward aspect of the monasteries and the tepidity ( 'tepiditas') of the monks themselves".

    Insight Scoop | The Ignatius Press Blog:

  • Even as the days grow short and cold, the water's tepidity can release excess heat, which tends to increase pressure in the air above.

    Is severe winter weather related to global warming?

  • We can fail in the practice of these virtues either by commission, omission, or by tepidity, in not acting as generously as we might in responding to the grace we have received from God.

    In Preparation for Lent - An Examination of Conscience by Fr. John Hardon

  • According to the Pope, some of its benefits are these: Genuine self-knowledge is increased; Humility grows; Bad habits are corrected; Spiritual neglect and tepidity are resisted; The conscience is purified; The will strengthened; A helpful self-control is attained; and Grace is increased in virtue of the Sacrament itself.

    Archive 2009-03-22

  • (And I say that as an atheist who tires of Dawkins tepidity towards the creative arts.)

    Matthew Yglesias » The New Atheism

  • Here, lust embodies itself in the form of beautiful burlesque dancers “whose grace and fluidity reminds us all of the tepidity of life.”

    Buzzine » Cirque Berzerk!

  • We cannot but regret and deplore our own carelessness and tepidity, which hinders us from receiving Christ with greater love, for in Him rests all our merit and hope of salvation.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • Garrigou-Lagrange writes: Among the cases of tepidity in retarded souls the tendency to derision should be particularly noted...the vices opposed to justice: insult, detraction, murmuring against the reputation of our neighbor.

    Archive 2006-11-12


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  • The three pigs he had never been keen on and the emperor's new clothes fraud enquiry had similarly been looked upon with tepidity.

    'The Big Over Easy' by Jasper Fforde.

    April 2, 2008