• WordNet 3.6
    • n turgidity pompously embellished language
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Turgidity The quality or state of being turgid.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n turgidity The state of being turgid or swollen; turgidness; tumidity.
    • n turgidity Bombast; turgidness; pomposity.
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  • James F. Cooper
    “The common faults of American language are an ambition of effect, a want of simplicity, and a turgid abuse of terms.”


In literature:

In a sullen, turgid sort of defiance the girl lifted her somber eyes to his.
"Little Eve Edgarton" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
Nor are sentiments of elevation in themselves turgid and unnatural.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
But into the turgid down-sweep he headed with a newly conjured vigor.
"The Furnace of Gold" by Philip Verrill Mighels
But the tendency to turgidity may proceed from debility alone.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Ignorance that is content with itself is turgid and saturated.
"The Secret of a Happy Home (1896)" by Marion Harland
He paced the floor in impatience while Mr. Turgidity blew the clouds of dust from precedent after precedent.
"The Young Man and the World" by Albert J. Beveridge
Don't you find him too declamatory, too turgid, too unnatural, even in his best tragedies?
"Dialogues of the Dead" by Lord Lyttelton
Forcible and energetic in style, her strain never becomes turgid or diverges into commonplace.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel , Volume I." by Various
Strange craft, large and small, rode down the turgid sweep.
"Old Kaskaskia" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
My thought is too turgid to receive the impress of them.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet

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.