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Definition ostentatiously lofty in style

Turgid can also mean "swollen".
  • 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
  • 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
  • He says, The male organ of copulation becomes turgid and is inserted into the receptive female orifice.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela's Ashes
  • 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
  • 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
  • The wolves had gone into the turgid brown water alone.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • And the prose in the memoranda of other officers was always turgid, stilted, or ambiguous.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • 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
  • Like a kind of summer molasses, it poured turgidly forth upon the cinnamon-dusty road.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • 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
  • 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
  • Some states use a turgid style which can get you lost with the greatest ease.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • The eerie phone conversation had left him feeling turgid .... distended somehow.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • 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
  • They were like turgid animals who did things mechanically.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • The dining-room area is lit with a turgid smoky red glow.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • The black, turgid, convulsed face grew white and ghastly, with beads of clammy sweat and lines of torture.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • "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

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