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Definition of "turgid" [tur•gid]

  • Excessively ornate or complex in style or language; grandiloquent: turgid prose. (adjective)
  • Swollen or distended, as from a fluid; bloated: a turgid bladder; turgid veins. (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 "turgid" in a sentence
  • "Writing requires discipline, and it can be taught, but you don't find it in turgid poems about Bad Daddies and The Struggle to Be Me and all the other flat, morbid, narcissistic writing that is encouraged by bad teaching."
  • "MATTHEW GOODE has slammed his new movie LEAP YEAR as "turgid" - insisting the AMY ADAMS movie will be labelled "the worst film of 2010.""
  • "February 24th, 2010 more images more imagesMATTHEW GOODE has slammed his new movie LEAP YEAR as "turgid" - insisting the AMY ADAMS movie will be labelled "the worst film of 2010.""