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?


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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