• WordNet 3.6
    • n turgidness pompously embellished language
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n turgidness The state of being turgid; a swelling or swelled state of a thing; distention beyond the natural state by some internal force or agent, as of a limb.
    • n turgidness Pompousness; inflated manner of writing or speaking; bombast: as, the turgidness of language or style. Synonyms Fustian, Rant, etc. See bombast.
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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:

And so, in safety, they made the opposite shore, Korak perched high and dry above the turgid flood.
"The Son of Tarzan" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Gabriel was already among the turgid, prostrate forms.
"Far from the Madding Crowd" by Thomas Hardy
Forlorn River ran, a slow, heavy, turgid torrent.
"Desert Gold" by Zane Grey
No turgid war controversy within these walls.
"Mr. Standfast" by John Buchan
Her heart was a volcano, seething, turgid, full of contending fires.
"The U.P. Trail" by Zane Grey
The turgid stream was not wide and it was not a long fight.
"Ruth Fielding of the Red Mill" by Alice B. Emerson
Balmy, froth, puffie, inflate, turgidous, and ventosity are come up.
"The Poetaster" by Ben Jonson
Then all my senses are awake, but life becomes almost turgid in my veins during the dreary hours of passing from one place to another.
"The Evil Shepherd" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
His blood was up-a turgid, angry flood almost bursting his veins.
"Wild Youth, Volume Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Wouldn't make it turgid; keep it light.
"Harlequin and Columbine" by Booth Tarkington

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.