tur·​gid | \ ˈtər-jəd How to pronounce turgid (audio) \

Definition of turgid

1 : excessively embellished in style or language : bombastic, pompous turgid prose
2 : being in a state of distension : swollen, tumid turgid limbs especially : exhibiting turgor

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Other Words from turgid

turgidity \ ˌtər-​ˈji-​də-​tē How to pronounce turgid (audio) \ noun
turgidly \ ˈtər-​jəd-​lē How to pronounce turgid (audio) \ adverb
turgidness noun

Examples of turgid in a Sentence

turgid leeches having had their fill of blood
Recent Examples on the Web There is a bittersweet suggestion made by this turgid, solemnly weighted film. Mark Olsen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: Zack Snyder comes back to ‘Justice League’," 19 Mar. 2021 Years of directionless prevaricating in London were compounded by a turgid, inflexible, and unimaginative diplomatic effort in Washington. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "Who Won the Great Trump Diplomatic Game?," 11 Aug. 2020 This emerges in his painfully maladroit efforts to lend color to a turgid narrative preoccupied with self-flattery and score-settling. Jonathan Stevenson, The New York Review of Books, "Revenge Served Tepid," 3 Aug. 2020 Clear And Present Danger is a spit-polish, fast-moving action-thriller, retaining Clancy's intricate plotting but throwing overboard his turgid techno-prose. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Clear and Present Danger': THR's 1994 Review," 3 Aug. 2020 To make virtual fundraisers less like turgid Zoom meetings for work, a couple of Texans have shipped out wine and snacks to donors. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "‘A lot harder’: COVID-19 challenges political fundraising as Texas heads toward critical November election," 1 July 2020 Those famous first four notes can sound turgid, wrong. New York Times, "The Ultimate Beethoven Symphony Collection," 27 Mar. 2020 The turgid testing program in a nation renowned for advanced medical care and transparency has prompted comparisons to countries like South Korea, which reportedly tested 66,000 people in a single week. Dennis Wagner, USA TODAY, "The first known US coronavirus case is nearly two months old — and it's still 'pretty complicated' to be tested," 13 Mar. 2020 Even comedy stalwart Jennifer Coolidge, who features as a dippy employee in Mel and Mia’s store, can’t manage to elevate the turgid script. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Like a Boss is a female buddy comedy in need of a serious makeover: Review," 9 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of turgid

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for turgid

Latin turgidus, from turgēre to be swollen

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27 Mar 2021

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“Turgid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turgid. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of turgid

disapproving : very complicated and difficult to understand
: larger or fuller than normal because of swelling


tur·​gid | \ ˈtər-jəd How to pronounce turgid (audio) \

Medical Definition of turgid

: being in a normal or abnormal state of distension : swollen, tumid turgid limbs turgid living cells

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