At this very moment, I am adding the word ''torrential''(adjective) in my vocabulary list(also it sounds awesome and smart to say this-just from a non-native perspective hehe)however, Goggle exemplifies its usage in a sentence that says:

''a torrential downpour''

Come to think of it:

  • torrential=a rapid and copius in quantity(also heavy)
  • downpour=a heavy rain

''A torrential downpour'' will mean ''a heavy heavy rain'' am I right that it now becomes redundant/incorrect?

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    It's not that uncommon to double up an extreme adjective with an extreme noun to express really extreme conditions. A "catastrophic disaster"; a feeling of "blissful ecstasy"; a "torrential downpour." Apr 19, 2018 at 13:54
  • Nice this clarifies my question, thx very much man
    – John Arvin
    Apr 19, 2018 at 15:41

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Using those definitions it does sound redundant, but it adds colour to the phrase.

It was a downpour

sounds bad

It was a torrential downpour

Makes me think of rain where you are soaked to the skin through your waterproof coat before you make the garden gate.

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