un flourishing


[flur-i-shing, fluhr-]
growing vigorously; thriving; prosperous: a flourishing little business.

1250–1300; Middle English; see flourish, -ing2

flourishingly, adverb
unflourishing, adjective
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Word Origin & History

c.1300, "to blossom, grow," from O.Fr. floriss-, stem of florir, from L. florere "to bloom, blossom, flower," from flos "a flower" (see flora). Metaphoric sense of "thrive" is mid-14c. Meaning "to brandish (a weapon)" first attested late 14c. Related: Flourished; flourishing.
The noun meaning "literary or rhetorical embellishment" is from c.1600.
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