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Monday, July 03, 2000

Definitions for turgid

  1. Swollen, bloated, puffed up; as, "a turgid limb."
  2. Swelling in style or language; bombastic, pompous; as, "a turgid style of speaking."

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Citations for turgid
The famous Faulkner style was more than many could put up with. Its marathon sentences, its peculiar words used peculiarly, its turgid incoherence and its thick viscosity repelled. Orville Prescott, New York Times
Brown's novels are filled with the rigged episodes of melodrama and the turgid prose that passed for elegance among the literary circles in America before Irving and Hawthorne arrived on the scene. , New York Times
Origin of turgid
1660-1670
Turgid derives from Latin turgidus, from turgere, to swell.