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Is there a classical Latin adjective or other similar phrase for "soaking wet"? I expect that I should take an adjective for "wet" and prefix it with per-, but I did not manage to find examples of this or more colorful expressions. Are there attested mentions of soaking wet things in classical Latin literature?

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The word you're looking for is madidus.

mădĭdus, a, um, adj. madeo,
I.moist, wet, soaked, drenched (rare until after the Aug. per.).
I. Lit.
A. In gen.: fasciculus epistolarum aquā madidus, * Cic. Q. Fr. 2, 12, 4:

Compare this to umidus, meaning "a little wet, damp, etc."

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    Thanks! I never knew madidus is strong enough for this use. – Joonas Ilmavirta Dec 12 '17 at 13:16

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