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  • n. The condition of being turgid; turgidity

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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. Pompousness; inflated manner of writing or speaking; bombast: as, the turgidness of language or style.

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

  • n. pompously embellished language


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  • This is partly because we still think of Tony Blair as the prime minister (and he is often on American television rather pretending he is still prime minister), and yet, confusingly, he isn't running, and partly because his stand-in, Gordon Brown, who is actually the prime minister, is a figure of almost incomprehensible dourness and turgidness.

    Michael Wolff: We Don't Care About the British Election--but Some Pointers Anyway

  • Mieville gropes for a prose style in the opening hundred pages or so, meaning that the opening part of the book is delivered in short, staccato bursts, one moment enjoyable, the next annoyingly obtuse to the point of turgidness.

    Kraken by China Mieville

  • It was also a relief from the turgidness of Welsh Politics.

    Who cares?

  • There is then in the structure of his words something tragic and something comic, something blustering and something low, an obscurity, a vulgarness, a turgidness, and a strutting, with a nauseous prattling and fooling.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • As he began rotating again, his turgidness now evident, even through her gown.

    Almost a Whisper

  • -- 'For my own part,' he at once replied, 'I look upon Aeschylus as the first of poets, for his verses roll superbly; 'tis nothing but incoherence, bombast and turgidness.'

    The Eleven Comedies, Volume 1

  • All his compositions were a mixture of truth and turgidness, of lucid strength and faltering stupidity.

    Jean-Christophe, Volume I

  • Paper colored by turmeric introduced into the other tube had its color much deepened; the acid matter gave a very slight degree of turgidness to solution of nitrate of soda.

    A History of Science: in Five Volumes. Volume IV: Modern Development of the Chemical and Biological Sciences

  • He has not been tempted to leave the true path and court singularity, whether in the shape of Browning's verbal puzzles or of Swinburne's luscious and alliterative turgidness.

    Platform Monologues

  • Nay, in order to get done with fault-finding as soon as possible, it must perhaps be added that the admitted turgidness of the poems is often something more than a mere defect of style, and that the verse is turgid because the feeling which it expresses is exaggerated.

    English Men of Letters: Coleridge


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