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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Definitions for prolix

  1. Extending to a great length; unnecessarily long; wordy.
  2. Tending to speak or write at excessive length.

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Citations for prolix
It was a cumbersome book, widely criticized for being prolix in style and maddeningly circular in argument. Simon Winchester, The Atlantic
Montaigne is a little too prolix in his determination to tell us almost everything that happens as he fishes his way across the country, and he gives us a few too many accounts of the people he meets and of their repetitiously gloomy opinions. Adam Hochschild, New York Times
Origin of prolix
late Middle English
1375-1425
Prolix is derived from Latin prolixus, "poured forth, overflowing, extended, long," from pro-, "forward" + liquere, "to be fluid."