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  • adj. Rising into a tumour or a puffy state; tumid.
  • adj. Bombastic; turgid; pompous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Rising into a tumor, or a puffy state; swelling; tumid.
  • adj. Inflated; bombastic; turgid; pompous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Swelling; tumid; rising into a tumor; puffy.
  • Tumid; turgid; inflated; pompous; bombastic.


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Latin turgens, turgentis, present participle of turgere to swell.


  • In the latest turgent episode of "As the Crumbling Newspaper Industry Turns," news broke that Jay Mariotti, the $300,000-a-year (give or take a few thousand) controversial sports columnist at my old newspaper, The Chicago Sun-Times, abruptly quit.

    Esther J. Cepeda: Sun-Times' Gasping Leaves Us All Winded

  • Chrysostom, good men do not always find grace and favour, lest they should be puffed up with turgent titles, grow insolent and proud.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • The style of these epistles doth not a little weaken the credit of them, being turgent, swelling with uncouth words and phrases, affected manner and ways of expression, new compositions of words, multiplying titles of honour to men, — exceedingly remote and distant from the plainness and simplicity of the first writers among the Christians, as is evident by comparing these with the epistle of Clemens before mentioned, that of Polycarpus in

    The Doctrine of the Saints��� Perseverance Explained and Confirmed

  • Lemnius haec etiam gemmis exstruxit et auro admiscens artem pretio trabibusque smaragdi90 supposuit caesas hyacinthi rupe columnas. beryllo paries et iaspide lubrica surgunt limina despectusque solo calcatur achates. in medio glaebis redolentibus area diues praebet odoratas messis; hic mitis amomi, 95 hic casiae matura seges, Panchaeaque turgent cinnama, nec sicco frondescunt uimina costo tardaque sudanti prorepunt balsama riuo.

    The Marriage of Honorius and Maria

  • Potestas quam sibi Papa et Episcopi, caeterique quos spiritales vacant, arrogant, et fastus, quo turgent, ex sacris literis et doctrina Christi firmamentum non habet.

    The Creeds of the Evangelical Protestant Churches.

  • Itaque peccata sua ex Lege non vere agnoscunt: sed aut hypocritae fiunt, qui justitiae propriae opinione turgent, quales: [11291] 1

    The Creeds of the Evangelical Protestant Churches.

  • Lege non vere agnoscunt: sed aut hypocritae fiunt, qui justitiae propriae opinione turgent, quales VII.

    The Creeds of the Evangelical Protestant Churches.

  • But we had considerably more than a capful of wind, and there was a turgent ground-swell on, which made our boat — double-engined, and as trim and tidy a craft as ever sped across the span from shore to shore — behave rather lively, with sportive indulgence in a brisk game of pitch-and-toss that proved anything but comfortable to most of the passengers.

    A Stable for Nightmares or Weird Tales

  • That he did not hope for this temper in his age, the humour on both sides being so turgent, and extremely contrary to it, and the controversy debated on both sides by those 'who,' saith he, '_desire to eternize, and not to compose contentions_,' and therefore makes his appeal to posterity, when this paroxysm shall be over.

    The Life of Hugo Grotius With Brief Minutes of the Civil, Ecclesiastical, and Literary History of the Netherlands


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