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turgid -- as in: a turgid speech
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  • His German is mellifluous—but now Durrfeld, sidetracked from his righteous rage at the British and the Dutch, subsides into his previous detached self, gazing at the turgid Professor beneath arched eyebrows, looking remotely irritated and bored.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • They were like turgid animals who did things mechanically.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • And the prose in the memoranda of other officers was always turgid, stilted, or ambiguous.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Mesmerized by London’s turgid portrayal of life in Alaska and the Yukon, McCandless read and rereadThe Call of the Wild, White Fang, "To Build a Fire," "An Odyssey of the North," "The Wit of Porportuk."
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild

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  • The none too savory ramifications by which Ella Kaye, the newspaper woman, played Madame de Maintenon to his weakness and sent him to sea in a yacht, were common knowledge to the turgid sub-journalism of 1902.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • The eerie phone conversation had left him feeling turgid …. distended somehow.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The dining-room area is lit with a turgid smoky red glow.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • Like a kind of summer molasses, it poured turgidly forth upon the cinnamon-dusty road.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • She watches Cash stooping at the plank, the turgid savage gleam of the lantern slicking on the raincoat AS he moves.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • Was this the only true history of the times, a mood blared by trumpets, trombones, saxophones and drums, a song with turgid, inadequate words?
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man

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  • During the night, the mephitic vapors had accumulated low to the ground, and now the dim morning light gilded the turgid clouds, turning them opaque.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • A few miles away, on the riverbank beyond Les Invalides, the bewildered driver of a twin-bed Trailor truck stood at gunpoint and watched as the captain of the Judicial Police let out a guttural roar of rage and heaved a bar of soap out into the turgid waters of the Seine.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Shortening her wingspan, she tilted downward, the sensation of weight leaving her, and gyrated in slow spirals as she dove toward the turgid river.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Gabriel was already among the turgid, prostrate forms.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Kassad felt the bloodlust build in him with turgid strength.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • I ended my turgid, rambling, and painfully well-meaning address to the freshmen with a discussion of the final and most troubling aspect of the honor system.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • But as before the lightning the serried stormclouds, heavy with preponderant excess of moisture, in swollen masses turgidly distended, compass earth and sky in one vast slumber, impending above parched field and drowsy oxen and blighted growth of shrub and verdure till in an instant a flash rives their centres and with the reverberation of the thunder the cloudburst pours its torrent, so and not otherwise was the transformation, violent and instantaneous, upon the utterance of the…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • A squall might, and did, pile in off the Gulf, and the sky blacked out with the rain and the palm trees heaved in distraction and then leaned steady with the vanes gleaming like wet tin in the last turgid, bilious, tattered light, but it didn’t chill us or kill us in the kingdom by the sea, for we were safe inside a white house, their house or my house, and stood by the window to watch the surf pile up beyond the sea wall like whipped cream.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • …in shape and sense, the name and presence of volatile and sentient forces; you bring them together in the proportions called for, but nothing happens; you re-read, tedious and intent, poring, making sure that you have forgotten nothing, made no miscalculation; you bring them together again and again nothing happens: just the words, the symbols, the shapes themselves, shadowy inscrutable and serene, against that turgid background of a horrible and bloody mischancing of human affairs.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Far down in the shadows she discerned the river, yellow, turgid, palely gleaming.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • I saw a fathomless, a bottomless abyss, which yawned beneath the turgid waves.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Some states use a turgid style which can get you lost with the greatest ease.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • The wolves had gone into the turgid brown water alone.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • The black, turgid, convulsed face grew white and ghastly, with beads of clammy sweat and lines of torture.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • Just before sinking within the turgid sea, its central fires suddenly went out, as if hurriedly extinguished by some unaccountable power.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  MS. Found in a Bottle
  • In his red gown he was another man, no longer genial or goodnatured; his mouth spewed out long, turgid phrases like an endless stream of snakes.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • The end degenerated into such a tangle of beautiful limbs, turgid breasts, and open mouths against the fat barrel of the Prince of Wales and his various appendages, that it made Alessandro think of a belaying pin in a vat of calamari.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Nevertheless — wake up, back there! — nevertheless the disheveled old mystic of Das Kapital, turgid, tortured, confused, and neurotic, unscientific, illogical, this pompous fraud Karl Marx, nevertheless had a glimmering of a very important truth.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • The women were presumed to have been ravished, the men robbed, their corpses plunged into the turgid waters of the Chicago River or the alleys of Halsted and the Levee and that hard stretch of Clark between Polk and Taylor known to veteran officers as Cheyenne.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • I have gone from the woods of Maine to the wave-washed sands of Florida, from Hatteras to Halifax, and from the summits of the Rockies to where Missouri rolls her turgid flood, but I have seen few spots that equal, and none that surpass, the beauty of this mountain Eden.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • The Ouachita River varies from a small, crystal-clear stream flowing over the rugged rocks of the Ouachita Mountains in southwest Arkansas to a muddy, turgid, intermingled flood where it joins the Red River just before emptying into the Mississippi River in southern Louisiana.
    Phil Robertson  --  Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
  • Turgid is my torment!
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • He says, The male organ of copulation becomes turgid and is inserted into the receptive female orifice.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • "I can understand why you’d want to quit this madhouse—but to be the head of Sweden’s most turgid old-boy newspaper?
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • I looked at her, in house shoes, her breasts turgid, her belly heavy and high.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • The Jiet River lay before them, as thick and turgid as a gorged snake, its crosshatched surface reflecting the same ghastly hue that pervaded the Burning Plains.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Turgid.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • Turgid.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • She gave them her dazed scrutiny, and while doing so she realized for the first time that the piece of music being played just then by the welcoming prisoners’ band—hopelessly off-key and disorganized, yet flaying her nerves with its erotic sorrow and turgid beat as it had even in the darkened car—was the Argentine tango "La Cumparsita."
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • …Pacific exceeding 8000 fathoms: the restlessness of its waves and surface particles visiting in turn all points of its seaboard: the independence of its units: the variability of states of sea: its hydrostatic quiescence in calm: its hydrokinetic turgidity in neap and spring tides: its subsidence after devastation: its sterility in the circumpolar icecaps, arctic and antarctic: its climatic and commercial significance: its preponderance of 3 to 1 over the dry land of the globe: its…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • It’s a sunny day, the grass is dry, and I’m worn out begging for chips and putting up with librarians who get into a state over turgid and I’m looking at the clouds drifting above the monument and drifting off myself all turgid till I’m having a dream about virgin martyrs in bathing suits in the News of the World pelting Chinese writers with sheeps’ bladders and I wake up in a state of excitement with something hot and sticky pumping out of me oh God my male organ of copulation…
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • It’s a sunny day, the grass is dry, and I’m worn out begging for chips and putting up with librarians who get into a state over turgid and I’m looking at the clouds drifting above the monument and drifting off myself all turgid till I’m having a dream about virgin martyrs in bathing suits in the News of the World pelting Chinese writers with sheeps’ bladders and I wake up in a state of excitement with something hot and sticky pumping out of me oh God my male organ of copulation…
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • He had liked women in that turgid past of his, and been fascinated by some of them, but he had not known what it was to love them.
    London, Jack  --  Martin Eden
  • I’ve always used to get up with the lark, till I came under the petrifying influence of your turgid intellect.
    Twain, Mark  --  A Tramp Abroad
  • And so, in safety, they made the opposite shore, Korak perched high and dry above the turgid flood.
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  The Son Of Tarzan
  • When young it is elastic and turgid, with
    Darwin, Charles  --  The Voyage of the Beagle
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