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  • n. The condition of being tumid

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being tumid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being tumid or swollen.
  • n. Hence A pompous or bombastic style; turgidness; fustian.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. slight swelling of an organ or part


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  • Such a tumidity is the key complaint we usually have when, as described above, the trite is presented with the pomp of the sublime.

    On the Sublime

  • While tumidity desires to transcend the limits of the sublime, the defect which is termed puerility is the direct antithesis of elevation, for it is utterly low and mean and in real truth the most ignoble vice of style.

    On the Sublime

  • Altogether, tumidity seems particularly hard to avoid.

    On the Sublime

  • Most of those who fall into this type, straying from the type they began with, are misled by the appearance of grandeur and cannot perceive the tumidity of the style. from the Rhetorica ad Herennium. jeff vandermeer says:

    Grokking the Subaqueous Consigliere John Clute

  • The exposure of the upper person shows the size and tumidity of the areola, even in young girls; being unsupported, the mammae soon become flaccid.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

  • The diction has in places a huge and rugged grandeur, which degenerates here and there into tumidity.

    Shakespearean Tragedy Lectures on Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth

  • There is, however, one in No. 11, which is blown up into such tumidity, as to be truly ludicrous.

    Life Of Johnson

  • _Fitz-Greene Halleck_ were poets who had a much higher than the merely negative merit of freedom from tumidity, the bane of the earlier

    Outline of Universal History

  • "The whole language resembles the body of an artistically trained athlete, in which every muscle, every sinew, is developed into full play, where there is no trace of tumidity or of inert matter, and all is power and life."

    Outline of Universal History

  • No one can overlook its frequent tumidity and constant want of terseness.



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  • "It's not the teat, it's the tumidity."

    February 8, 2007