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Friday, October 09, 2015
Definitions for tumescent
  1. pompous and pretentious, especially in the use of language; bombastic.
  2. swelling; slightly tumid.
  3. exhibiting or affected with many ideas or emotions; teeming.

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Citations for tumescent
The miles of stretch marks! The tumescent horribleness of his proportions! He looked straight out of a Daniel Clowes comic book. Junot Diaz, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, 2007
The young subject of this painting, cocooned in fur, satin and felt, appears introspective but also worldly. He has that in common with “Schiava Turca,” although the sense of space in the two paintings could not be more different; the velvety recesses of the Titian make the Parmigianino, with its already exaggerated roundness, appear positively tumescent. Karen Rosenberg, “A Mischievous Half-Smile, Cloaked in Mystery,” New York Times, May 15, 2015
Origin of tumescent
Tumescent stems from the Latin word tumēscere which means "to begin to swell." It entered English in the late 1800s.
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