1. Moderately warm; lukewarm.
2. Lacking in emotional warmth or enthusiasm; halfhearted: "the tepid conservatism of the fifties" (Irving Howe).
[Middle English, from Latin tepidus, from tepēre, to be lukewarm.]
te·pidi·ty, tepid·ness n.
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