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Examples of prolix in a Sentence
The speech was unnecessarily prolix.
a person known for habitually transforming brief anecdotes into prolix sagas that exhaust their listeners
Recent Examples of prolix from the Web
The collective pledges spiritual allegiance to Sun Ra, Prince and Betty Davis, and makes its intentions clear with prolix verbiage as well as tousled funk.
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Did You Know?
There's no way to talk about prolix without being redundant, verbose, and wordy. That's because the word is a synonym of all of those long-winded terms. Of those words, prolix is the one most likely to suggest unreasonable and tedious dwelling on details. It derives from prolixus, a Latin term meaning "extended" or "copious." Prolixus originated from a combination of the prefix pro- (which means "forward") and the past participle of liquēre, a verb meaning "to be fluid." True to that history, something that is prolix flows on and on.
Synonymscircuitous, circumlocutory, diffuse, garrulous, logorrheic, long-winded, pleonastic, wordy, rambling, verbose, windy
Antonymscompact, concise, crisp, pithy, succinct, terse
Related Wordschatty, communicative, conversational, gabby, loquacious, talkative, talky, voluble; periphrastic; redundant, repetitious, tautological, tautologous; embellished, embroidered, exaggerated; bombastic, gaseous, gassy, grandiloquent, highfalutin (also hifalutin)
Near Antonymsbrief, short; aphoristic, epigrammatic, sententious; compendious, summary; abbreviated, abridged, condensed, shortened; abrupt, blunt, brusque (also brusk), curt, laconic, snippy
Synonym Discussion of prolix
- a wordy speech
- the verbose position papers
- habitually transformed brief anecdotes into prolix sagas
- diffuse memoirs that are so many shaggy-dog stories
PROLIX Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of prolix for English Language Learners
: using too many words
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