- swollen; distended; tumid.
- inflated, overblown, or pompous; bombastic: turgid language.
Origin of turgid
1660–70; < Latin turgidus, equivalent to turg(ēre) to swell + -idus -id4
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Examples from the Web for turgidity
But the tendency to turgidity may proceed from debility alone.
Tympanī′tis, inflammation of the membrane of the ear; Tym′pany, any swelling, turgidity: tympanites.
What remains, is a species of pseudo-emotion which must be characterized as lachrymose hysteria or turgidity.Sketch of a New Esthetic of Music
The serenity and calm of Plato and Aristotle are gone, and in their place we have turgidity and extravagance.A Critical History of Greek Philosophy
W. T. Stace
No one can for a moment doubt that her feelings are real, but neither can the turgidity and bombast of her language be denied.Mary Wollstonecraft
Elizabeth Robins Pennell
- swollen and distended; congested
- (of style or language) pompous and high-flown; bombastic
C17: from Latin turgidus, from turgēre to swell
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Word Origin and History for turgidity
1610s, from Latin turgidus "swollen, inflated," from turgere "to swell," of unknown origin. Figurative use in reference to prose is from 1725. Related: Turgidly; turgidness.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Swollen or distended, as from a fluid; bloated; tumid.
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