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My skin dries in the arid desert climate.
  lacking sufficient water or rainfall


lacking vitality or spirit
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arid aridity
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  • My skin dries in the arid desert climate.
  • a technically perfect but arid performance of the sonata
  • We see nearly the whole of Australia covered by lofty trees, yet that country possesses a far more arid climate.
    Darwin, Charles  --  The Voyage of the Beagle
  • the arid flatlands
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die

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  • Thomas immediately saw that the object that held everyone’s attention was a simple stick poking out of the arid ground.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • Arid we need to move.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • Mark sat down on the floor again arid closed his eyes.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • People there use this aridness as a blanket excuse for all of the hot, smoggy city’s excesses.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Arid each night, creeping a little closer to the tent, inching his way over the woodland blanket of decaying leaves and moist loamy soil until his shadow rose in the narrow opening of the tent and fell over her, and the tent was filled with her smell, and there would be the sleeping girl clutching the teddy bear and the hunter holding his gun, one dreaming of the life that was taken from her, the other thinking of the life he’d take.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • For the most part they were unspeakably boring, all about life in a traditional fishing village arid the enduring mysteries of animal husbandry, but one exhibit stood out from the rest.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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  • Arid almost as soon as I realized what I had said, I wished I hadn’t.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Each minute of walking in that arid heat felt like an hour.
    Linda Sue Park  --  A Long Walk to Water
  • The aridity of that life, which had also been mine!
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • In the arid room —all sheetrock and whiteness — the muted colors bloomed with life; and even though the surface of the painting was ghosted ever so slightly with dust, the atmosphere it breathed was like the light-rinsed airiness of a wall opposite an open window.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Arid saw the blood.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • The arid voice, low and matter-of-fact, had an answer for everything.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Atticus’s voice had lost its comfortableness; he was speaking in his arid, detached professional voice.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Slather every protuberance with arid zeal!
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • The arid, imposing mountains sat along deep gorges and soared to jagged peaks.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • The mind is beset by light and space, the kinesthetic novelty of aridity, high temperature, and wind.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • You don’t need to be a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Institute to know this is arid country above the tree line, not much growing.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • You’ve seen them in sparse, semi-arid scrublands.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • However, to the south the plains are less arid and more heavily populated.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Only some thirty arid summers had he seen; those summers had dried up all his physical superfluousness.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Tell her what Heathcliff is: an unreclaimed creature, without refinement, without cultivation; an arid wilderness of furze and whinstone.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • By then, the sun had begun to crest the horizon, spreading gold across the arid landscape.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • The night promised to be as arid as the day had been.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Some two hundred north-south ranges dissect this arid land, making Nevada the most mountainous state in the Union.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • And this same arid soil hath ever been A haunt of countless mournful memories, As well in our day as in days of yore.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • He knew that it was barren and without shelter; but when the sea became more calm, he resolved to plunge into its waves again, and swim to Lemaire, equally arid, but larger, and consequently better adapted for concealment.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • With other orphans, he had made it to Kakuma, a sprawling, water-starved refugee camp of more than seventy thousand in an arid corner of northwestern Kenya, where he lived for ten years before he was accepted for resettlement, along with thousands of other Lost Boys, in the United States.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Despite the pumpkin-season temperature, the day’s arid glitter, both boys were sweating as they approached a barricade that state troopers had erected at the entrance to River Valley Farm.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • I hold that the more arid and unreclaimed the soil where the Christian labourer’s task of tillage is appointed him — the scantier the meed his toil brings — the higher the honour.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The sergeant took a polite leave of the ladies, and parted from Mr. Pumblechook as from a comrade; though I doubt if he were quite as fully sensible of that gentleman’s merits under arid conditions, as when something moist was going.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • He could taste the familiar tang of museum air—an arid, deionized essence that carried a faint hint of carbon—the product of industrial, coal-filter dehumidifiers that ran around the clock to counteract the corrosive carbon dioxide exhaled by visitors.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • A lot of them aren’t ashamed of Mutants; it doesn’t seem to worry them when children turn out wrong, provided they’re right enough to live arid to learn to look after themselves.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • I had been told that Frome was poor, and that the saw-mill and the arid acres of his farm yielded scarcely enough to keep his household through the winter; but I had not supposed him to be in such want as Harmon’s words implied, and I expressed my wonder.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • We crossed the stream, which we named East River, filling our flasks with water, and it was well we did so, for in continuing our journey, we found the soil become more arid and parched than we had expected; in fact we soon appeared surrounded by a desert.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • The open–sea plants had already left behind the increasingly arid seafloor, where a prodigious number of animals were still swarming: zoophytes, articulates, mollusks, and fish.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • I slipped through one of these cracks, went up a swept and ungarnished staircase, as arid as a desert, and opened the first door I came to.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • There is a jump from the bed and the round bulge disappears instantly as the smooth metal slats lie straight arid flat again.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Yet, within its limited space, Costa Rica had a remarkable diversity of biological habitats: seacoasts on both the Atlantic and the Pacific; four separate mountain ranges, including twelve-thousand-foot peaks and active volcanoes; rain forests, cloud forests, temperate zones, swampy marshes, and arid deserts.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • The solitary and arid blades of grass arose from the passing gusts fearfully perceptible; the bold and rocky mountains were too distinct in their barrenness, and the eye even sought relief, in vain, by attempting to pierce the illimitable void of heaven, which was shut to its gaze by the dusky sheet of ragged and driving vapor.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • They were sailing very slowly up a river without banks that meandered between arid sandbars stretching to the horizon.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Dreadful as the Dead Marshes had been, and the arid moors of the Noman-lands, more loathsome far was the country that the crawling day now slowly unveiled to his shrinking eyes.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • The place smelled stale; the slate roofs glistered in the arid heat.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • I have avoided the temptation to simplify both the issues and the answers, and if the reader must occasionally struggle through an arid passage of technical detail, I apologize.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Aridly it drew down the thin corners of his shapely mouth.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • We shared a cab along the arid miles between the Lutyens still life and the warm, palpitating motion picture of Old Delhi.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • As he entered their arid tidiness, depression suddenly seized him.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
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