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- adj. dilatory; tedious; superfluous
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Dilatory; tedious; superfluous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Dilatory; intended to delay or put off; causing delay; prolix.
- Elastic; easily stretched; apt to yield.
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The beginning of this reaction is visible as early as 1589 in the words of Warner's preface to _Albion's England_, which display the very affectation they protest against: "onely this error may be thought hatching in our English, that to runne on the letter we often runne from the matter: and being over prodigall in similes we become lesse profitable in sentences and more prolixious to sense."
At night he went into the garden to pray, and he prayed prolixious, he spent much time in prayer, how much?