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  • n. the state or quality of being turgid

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being turgid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being turgid or swollen; turgidness; tumidity.
  • n. Bombast; turgidness; pomposity.

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

  • n. pompously embellished language

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  • "The canvas swarms with actualities—plowing, planting, harvesting, sheep-herding, merry-making, rabbit-killing, love, labor, birth, death. Intimately involved with the hard, sordid strife of daily affairs are fine, if not always quite realized, phases of poetry and faith. The style, though tending always to turgidity, is strong and full; the movement, though at times nervous, is rapid; the pictures, though perhaps excessively panoramic, are always richly alive."
    - Carl Van Doren, 'The American Novel'.

    September 20, 2009