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tumidity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tumidity slight swelling of an organ or part
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tumidity The quality or state of being tumid.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tumidity The state or character of being tumid or swollen.
    • n tumidity Hence A pompous or bombastic style; turgidness; fustian.
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Quotations

  • John Madden
    John Madden
    “With all his tumid boasts, he's like the sword-fish, who only wears his weapon in his mouth.”

Usage

In literature:

Fu-Manchu picked his way through the fungi ranks as daintily as though the distorted, tumid things had been viper-headed.
"The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu" by Sax Rohmer
First he walked up and down with the open volume in his hand, rolling his eyes, choking, tumid, apoplectic.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
He had coarse features, a blunt nose, a convex and receding brow, tumid and protruded lips.
"Dubliners" by James Joyce
The words he penned were tumid, meaningless.
"Born in Exile" by George Gissing
My nights are restless, my breath is difficult, and my lower parts continue tumid.
"Life Of Johnson, Volume 4 (of 6)" by Boswell
Tumid: swollen; enlarged; puffed up.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Earth was once more tumid, about to bring forth.
"The Hill" by Horace Annesley Vachell
And yet, his own prose was rhythmical, and often as tumid as the worst bombast in Macpherson.
"The Celtic Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 1, November 1875" by Various
Was it a paralysis of the terminations of the veins, which absorb the blood from the tumid penis?
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
They, indeed, ridiculed his action as theatrical, and his style as tumid.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
The stem is stuffed, equal, silky-white, ring superior, fibrillose, tumid.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
The other ray ripped open the soft, tumid abdomen.
"Loot of the Void" by Edwin K. Sloat
His prose is jolting, rambling, tumid, invertebrate.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
There are some pleasing passages in Arnobius, but on the whole he is a tumid and a tedious author.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 6" by Various
From the country poured in felicitations to the Republic from hamlet and city, tumid with a rampant joy.
"Romantic Spain" by John Augustus O'Shea
Their faces are tumid and of a deep red hue, from the effects of the noxious gas.
"Travels in the Steppes of the Caspian Sea, the Crimea, the Caucasus, &c." by Xavier Hommaire de Hell
I prefer an open, and brass-mounted villain tew a soft, tumid, panting hypokrit, who iz az unsafe az a sleeping snake.
"The Complete Works of Josh Billings" by Henry W. Shaw
The leaves, which are borne in pairs at the tumid nodes, are oval in form and have a Dicotyledonous type of venation.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 7" by Various
Still more rarely the glands of the throat become slightly tumid and painful.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
Heads many-flowered, becoming tumid at base.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
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In poetry:

Let those who to this daedal Valley throng
And by my tumid Ashes pass along,
Let them be glad with this consoling Thought:
I got a Market Value for my Song.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
Again the labouring hind inverts the soil;
Again the merchant ploughs the tumid wave;
Another spring renews the soldier's toil,
And finds me vacant in the rural cave.
"Elegy XIX. - Written in Spring, 1743" by William Shenstone
Triumphant, riding o'er its tumid prey,
Rolls the red stream in sanguinary pride;
While anxious crowds, in vain, expectant stay,
And ask the swoln corse from the murdering tide.
"Elegy Occasioned" by Henry Kirke White