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florid

[flawr-id, flor-] /ˈflɔr ɪd, ˈflɒr-/
adjective
1.
reddish; ruddy; rosy:
a florid complexion.
2.
flowery; excessively ornate; showy:
florid writing.
3.
Obsolete. abounding in or consisting of flowers.
Origin of florid
1635-1645
1635-45; < Latin flōridus, equivalent to flōr(ēre) to bloom (see florescence) + -idus -id4
Related forms
floridity
[flaw-rid-i-tee, fluh-] /flɔˈrɪd ɪ ti, flə-/ (Show IPA),
floridness, noun
floridly, adverb
overflorid, adjective
overfloridly, adverb
overfloridness, noun
unflorid, adjective
Synonyms
2. flamboyant, grandiloquent, rococo; flash, gaudy.
Antonyms
1. pale. 2. plain, simple, unaffected.
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  • He is not what is called a social philosopher, a pretentious hedonist, who talks continuously and floridly about himself.

    The Silent Isle Arthur Christopher Benson
  • The other was blond, floridly blond, and unmistakably Teutonic.

    The Tempering Charles Neville Buck
  • As they took their seats the man, a floridly handsome person, was at Dahlia's elbow.

    A Court of Inquiry Grace S. Richmond
  • A frown incongruously distorted his round, floridly curved face.

    Mortal Coils Aldous Huxley
  • We drank green tea flavoured with mint from tiny glasses that were floridly embossed in gilt.

    Morocco S.L. Bensusan
  • The front in Cheapside, which alone can be seen, is narrow, but floridly adorned with carvings and architectural ornaments.

  • Kinnard Towers was floridly blond of coloring, mild of eye and urbanely soft-spoken of voice.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry Charles Neville Buck
  • He was a portly, floridly handsome man of some thirty summers, and he would not live to see the sun rise again.

    The Buttoned Sky Geoff St. Reynard
British Dictionary definitions for floridly

florid

/ˈflɒrɪd/
adjective
1.
having a red or flushed complexion
2.
excessively ornate; flowery: florid architecture
3.
an archaic word for flowery
Derived Forms
floridity, floridness, noun
floridly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin flōridus blooming
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Word Origin and History for floridly

florid

adj.

1640s, "strikingly beautiful," from French floride "flourishing," from Latin floridus "flowery, in bloom," from flos "flower" (see flora). Sense of "ruddy" is first recorded 1640s. Meaning "profusely adorned, as with flowers," is from 1650s. Related: Floridly.

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floridly in Medicine

florid flor·id (flôr'ĭd)
adj.
Of a bright red or ruddy color. Used of certain skin lesions.


flo·rid'i·ty (flə-rĭd'ĭ-tē, flô-) or flor'id·ness n.
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