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Mar 19, 2014
This week's theme
Miscellaneous words

This week's words
acuity
desuetude
turgid
sciolism
edacity

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turgid

PRONUNCIATION:
(TUR-jid)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Swollen; congested.
2. Pompous; high-flown.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin turgere (to swell). Earliest documented use: 1620.

USAGE:
"It's not surprising that [Norm Macdonald] would take the wind out of the sails of peers who write turgid, self-important autobiographies ... he has earned attention for his deflating Twitter responses to various celebrity tweets."
Eric Volmers; Norm Macdonald Still Working at His First Love of Standup Comedy; Calgary Herald (Canada); Feb 4, 2014.

See more usage examples of turgid in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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It's best to give while your hand is still warm. -Philip Roth, novelist (b. 1933)

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