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Definition of "florid" []

  • Flushed with rosy color; ruddy. (adjective)
  • Very ornate; flowery: a florid prose style. (adjective)
  • Archaic Healthy. (adjective)
  • Obsolete Abounding in or covered with flowers. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "florid" in a sentence
  • "Anorexia or bulimia in florid or subclinical form now afflicts 40 percent of women at some time in their college career."
  • "LSD intoxication is characterized by florid visual distortions—arrays of colors, often dark green or brown; dramatic changes in the shapes or sizes of familiar objects—and overwhelming delusions of omnipotence."
  • "She insisted upon being stabbed on the stage, and she had rigged up a kitchen carving-knife with a handle of gilt paper, ornamented with various breastpins of the girls, which was celebrated in florid terms in her part of the drama as a Tyrian dagger."