turgid

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj turgid abnormally distended especially by fluids or gas "hungry children with bloated stomachs","he had a grossly distended stomach","eyes with puffed (or puffy) lids","swollen hands","tumescent tissue","puffy tumid flesh"
    • adj turgid ostentatiously lofty in style "a man given to large talk","tumid political prose"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Turgid Distended beyond the natural state by some internal agent or expansive force; swelled; swollen; bloated; inflated; tumid; -- especially applied to an enlarged part of the body; as, a turgid limb; turgid fruit. "A bladder . . . held near the fire grew turgid ."
    • Turgid Swelling in style or language; vainly ostentatious; bombastic; pompous; as, a turgid style of speaking.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • turgid In botany, distended by water or other liquid : said primarily of cells or celluar tissue.
    • turgid Swollen; bloated; tumid; distended beyond its natural or usual state by some internal agent or expansive force: often applied to an enlarged part of the body.
    • turgid Tumid; pompous; inflated; bombastic: as, a turgid style.
    • turgid Synonyms Swollen, puffed up.
    • turgid Stilted, grandiloquent. See turgidness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Turgid swollen: extended beyond the natural size: pompous: bombastic
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Quotations

  • James F. Cooper
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    “The common faults of American language are an ambition of effect, a want of simplicity, and a turgid abuse of terms.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. turgidus, from turgere, to swell
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. turg-ens, -entis, pr.p. of turg─ôre, to swell.

Usage

In literature:

I saw a fathomless, a bottomless abyss, which yawned beneath the turgid waves.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
My thoughts ran like a turgid stream as I stood tensely watching.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
It was a brief letter, turgid, almost fierce in its tone.
"Jane Journeys On" by Ruth Comfort Mitchell
A broad expanse of turgid water met their eyes, broken here and there with a few objects such as treetops.
"Afloat on the Flood" by Lawrence J. Leslie
The Very Young Man stood ankle deep in the turgid little rivulet, a tightness clutching at his chest, and with his head whirling.
"The Girl in the Golden Atom" by Raymond King Cummings
It is no progress, therefore, to worship the turgid and obscure, whether in words or music, or both.
"Spirit and Music" by H. Ernest Hunt
Her dark face grew turgid with impotent anger.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
I noticed now that overhead the turgid murk had turned into the blue of distance.
"Beyond the Vanishing Point" by Raymond King Cummings
But his addresses are turgid, labouring, and not effective for their purpose.
"Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 2 of 3)" by John Morley
He succeeded in attracting notice by his personal beauty and by the rather turgid eloquence which was his chief talent.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
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In poetry:

Should painter attach to a fair human head
The thick, turgid neck of a stallion,
Or depict a spruce lass with the tail of a bass,
I am sure you would guy the rapscallion.
"Consistency" by Eugene Field
'Tis clear to me, you've never read
The turgid tomes that Ibsen writes,
Or mourned with Tolstoi virtue dead,
Nor over Howells pored o' nights;
For you are glad with all your power;
For shame! Go study Schopenhauer.
"To The Birds" by Peter McArthur
The taxi came. Again we plunged into the turgid stream -
And glancing back, the Abbey seemed remote as in a dream.
Sculptured in its frozen calm it stood apart, alone,
Sharing with God the hidden knowledge of the sleeping stone.
"The Sleeping Stone" by Patience Strong

In news:

His books are turgid and dogmatic.
It's commencement time, when eager PR graduates are treated to generally turgid, meaningless, and instantly-forgotten prose from graduation speakers trying too hard to be profound.
Through half-open venetian blinds, it plays out in turgid stripes of bright and dark across a hardwood floor.
Half-baked attempt to blend comedy, drama, crime and romance yields turgid results.
Communist Party Congress regard the weeklong gathering in Beijing as a turgid affair at which cadres spend most of their time agreeing with one another about the party's accomplishments of the past decade and looking to the future.
Turgid 'Miral' is a propaganda slog.
Times Hires Saucy Sex Writer to Goose Turgid Metro.
Eyes Don't Have It: Kubrick's Turgid Finale.
In adapting Bret Easton Ellis's turgid, gory 1991 novel to the screen, the director Mary Harron has boiled a bloated stew of brand names and butchery into a lean and mean horror comedy classic.
Sorkin's turgid, Wikipedia-like lecture on the news.
Eyes Don't Have It: Kubrick 's Turgid Finale.
Interesting both as American and theater history and earnestly produced, this 80-year-old play becomes turgid over its 105 unrelieved minutes by repetition of its thesis.
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