Sultry: very hot and humid

That is the meaning of sultry I am familiar with and have seen used in books. However Merriam - Webster Dictionary has another meaning

2 a : hot with passion or anger

How can sultry be used in a sentence with the sense of anger? Would "He left the room in a sultry rage" be correct, or "She screamed at him in a sultry temper"?

  • I would prefer these definitions sultry. There is no "anger" here, though sometimes the "passion or lust" has a nefarious purpose, such as to get revenge on some poor guy. – user3169 Feb 16 '16 at 6:30
  • Sultry is to simmering what anger is to boiling to use cooking analogies, but there is no anger in sultry, it usually has a seductive meaning – Peter Feb 16 '16 at 10:01

Oald's definition is better. Sultry weather can make you feel uncomfortable. A sensual and sexy woman can have the same effect if she is too eager to have sex. http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/sultry?q=sultry

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  • That's one sweltering lady friend you got there. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Feb 16 '16 at 12:27

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