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florid -- as in: a florid style
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as in: a florid style Define
elaborate (with much decorative detail)
  • He welcomed them with a florid bow and greeting.
  • The hall is decorated with florid banners, carvings, and artwork.
  • The Italian-made lace netting is overstitched with florid design.
  • Their style is clear, masculine, and smooth, but not florid; for they avoid nothing more than multiplying unnecessary words, or using various expressions.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels

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  • ...and he saluted them with that florid, swaggering gesture to the hat...
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Miss Bartlett burst into florid gratitude.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • He responded with a hearty florid gesture.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • Even on Sunday, when it veiled its more florid charms and lay comparatively empty of passage, the street shone out in contrast to its dingy neighbourhood, like a fire in a forest; and with its freshly painted shutters, well-polished brasses, and general cleanliness and gaiety of note, instantly caught and pleased the eye of the passenger.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Felicia learned her florid language on those nights.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Yoyo and her sisters were forgetting a lot of their Spanish, and their father’s formal, florid diction was hard to understand.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

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  • The language of the book had grown florid and overblown again—it was not self-parody yet, not quite, but it was floating steadily in that direction and he seemed helpless to stop it.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • One Sunday night, lost in fruity metaphors and florid diction, Judge Taylor’s attention was wrenched from the page by an irritating scratching noise.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The outside pattern is a florid arabesque [curved design],
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman  --  The Yellow Wallpaper
  • He cherished language and its skillful use, and his own style was one of sustained floridity.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • She was of course supposed to compliment me more floridly—"gigantic,"
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He had a long chin and big rather prominent teeth, just covered, when he was not talking, by his full, floridly curved lips.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • They are floridly willing to stand in a circle around him all night, with their zap guns drawn.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • His father was a jeweller, a man with a dark, gentle floridity of manner and complexion.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Then I scoff at the floridity and absurdity of some scrolloping tomb; and the trumpets and the victories and the coats of arms and the certainty, so sonorously repeated, of resurrection, of eternal life.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • Guy Doak had none of their floridity.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • "You are going to need this air of moral superiority to get you through the rest of what might prove to be a very trying day for you," the General answered, his anger measurable in the slow, burning floridity in the hollows of his cheeks.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • the senator’s florid speech
  • Hence she, thinking him still in earnest when he had swerved into florid romance, had been dangerously misled.
    Shaw, George Bernard  --  An Unsocial Socialist
  • We are told that the gentry round about loved him "for his florid and witty discourses."
    Marshall, H.E.  --  English Literature For Boys And Girls
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as in: a florid style Define
elaborate (with much decorative detail)
as in: florid color Define
a reddish color -- (especially about someone's complexion or in various medical contexts)
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