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Five unusual adjectives from Gutenberg

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1.swollen and distended or congested
2.(of language or style) tediously pompous or bombastic

he was never so happy as when he was wrapping up some commonplace thought in a garment of sonorous but turgid rhetoric

i not only committed to memory the more turgid poems of the late lord byron

and which others think a rant of turgid obscurity

the turgid speech and stately tone of moralists

the verdict passed by the simple shrewd woman of the people had given him far greater pleasure than the turgid verse in which mesomedes and his compeers were wont to sing his praises

sees from his theme the turgid rhetoric ooze

this turgid and risible analogy deteriorated further as the kosovar velvet was stained by the blood of innocents

and dark shadows seemed to crawl and twist about in the very substance of the heavy and turgid waters

his orations were equally tedious and turgid

and though the poem is turgid in diction and shallow in thought
I came under the petrifying influence of your turgid intellect

they represent and share the turgidity of the minds they interpret

the turgid eloquence of their meetings

the style being made thick and turgid with high-sounding epithets

when fed with noxious herbs his turgid veins have gathered half the poisons of the plains

he was closing a most turgid oration

made interesting only by turgid ranting

it is difficult from the turgidity and superabundance of the style to determine which is the best meaning

degenerated into a verbose and turgid declamation

it meant for england the disuse of the turgidities and involutions which had marked the prose of the preachers and moralists of the times of james and charles i

her lines are at times involved and turgid and almost cryptic

the whole of the black and turgid stream of liquid filth brought down by the sewers is utilised upon the farm

with turgid gasconading words and heavy dieting



1. apparently attractive but having no real value
2. relating to or characteristic of a prostitute

the more meretriciously pretty or fantastically horrible

the cascade of the trocadéro has nothing meretricious about it

we moderns bedeck and bedrape us in all sorts of meretricious togas

and win the girl with purely fortuitous and successful meretricious show

tawdry or meretricious

with a thought for the supposed meretricious nature of their art

like a scarlet lady who emerges with her meretricious charms in chaste robes

his taste for false and meretricious excitement–a taste which may lead him far along the downward path–is the outcome of his very instinct to live

he not infrequently takes to the meretricious excitements of sensuality in order to relieve the intolerable monotony of his days

the meretricious seductions of a form of composition easy to write and easy to read

he came once more into touch with a civilisation more meretricious but more poignant than his own

they do not fall in love with every meretricious extravagance at first sight

it is true that there was in the genius of poe something meretricious

to train them to understand the works of the masters in order that they may discriminate between what is beautiful and what is meretricious in the art of the present day

false liberty was already strewing their path with its meretricious allurements

it is like all your poetry–merely meretricious glitter

there is a species of contempt among them for the meretricious and showy

if any one desire the meretricious painting of warm light and cool yet not hard shade

his meretricious observations on life saddening while they amused his guests

it is ornamented with candelabra in a meretricious imitation of platinum

this frivolous and meretricious being must be human after all

the first step on the slippery slope of meretricious complaisance

the lady who composed poetry did so from love of the art or from the inspiration of feeling and therefore felt no need of meretricious adornment for her song

with a thousand additions of a meretricious character which detract very much from the charm of the fine old inn and defeat the owner’s object

in case a meretricious wife by her craftiness captivates a man’s mind



1. Strictly and uncompromisingly just
2. Inflexibly rigorous or severe

he was rather a rhadamanthine personage

could not have been trusted to execute one of his own rhadamanthine decrees

i descended from my rhadamanthine seat and reflected that the betrayal of blanquette’s confidence would not be a gallant action

let us hope that severe rhadamanthine judges are not to be melted by such trumpery

his forehead is rhadamanthine condemnation

in his absorption he might have frozen fast to the door-step if the rhadamanthine portals behind him had not suddenly opened to let out a slim fur-coated figure

that rhadamanthine criticism which sits aloof from its object

no rhadamanthine brow of doom bowed the dazed pedant from his room
the end of poetry is rhadamanthine justice

i withered up young dacre for daring to bring such abominable slander within my rhadamanthine sphere

he learns to look into everything like a rhadamanthine argus

he threw a rhadamanthine strictness into the lines here and there

he was treated oftentimes with incredible severity by pompous rhadamanthine critics who did not see that they were thereby making themselves and their critical pretensions slightly ridiculous

the rhadamanthine frown on dwight’s face yielded to a very composite expression

his forehead is rhadamanthine condemnation

expecting every moment to find us all three in the rhadamanthine grasp of a policeman



1. Overly devoted or submissive to one’s wife

he spent his nights in his country house in uxorious pleasures

he puffed contentment in uxorious ease

to have no wife is not to be uxorious

the steady flame of affection which was too fine to degenerate into mere uxoriousness

she looked uxorious to an alarming degree

can anything be more objectionably at variance with that wise teaching than the spectacle of amorous uxorious efflorescence in a man of well over fifty

in a fit of his usual uxorious abstraction

that uxorious fool was gone to sea by a natural reaction

uxoriousness is a pitiful attitude

the jealousy and uxoriousness of the doting husband give the lovers few opportunities

uxoriousness was a weakness that the precepts of the caribs did not countenance

when his swagger is exhausted he drivels into erotic poetry or sentimental uxoriousness

divided between his uxoriousness and his habitual elevation of moral sentiment

the king is accused of the most spiritless uxoriousness

the uxoriousness of charles is re-echoed by all the writers of a certain party

a living warning to all uxorious old boys

watkins tottle was a rather uncommon compound of strong uxorious inclinations

in the very goodness of his heart and uxorious self-abnegation

hamilton forgot his worriment for the moment in uxorious admiration



1. Of or pertaining to the sclera
2. Having or relating to sclerosis
3. Hard and insular

the sclerotic is lined with a highly pigmented membrane

sclerotic parenchyma being applied to tissue composed of cells with the walls hardened but not thickened

astral board of immortals sitting in unconscious tweaking strings until gobbets and sclerotics become gibbering idiots every time they put pen to paper

critchett pierces the sclerotic with a beer’s knife

and his eyeballs disappeared in their pale sclerotic like blue flowers in milk

especially in the direction of sclerotic changes in the nervous system

but might not that have been due to my depressed condition–for it does depress a writer to have one of his best veins become sclerotic

for he was a very large man–apoplectic and with sclerotic veins and arteries



1. coaxing, aiming to persuade
2. Present participle of wheedle

offers more occasion for wheedling loquacity than that of a public vendor of quack medicaments

and thus father frank went on encouraging and wheedling his flock to pay up his dues

he spoke in the same wheedling tone of self-excuse

by a vigorous indulgence in wheedling and threatening

after such wheedling as it must have taken infinite practice to acquire

accosting the maid with winning air and wheedling accent

he had learned once for all that coaxing and wheedling were better than driving

hearing the wheedling voice of a crying child

indicated by a toss of the head that the wheedling of a woman did not make up for a blow

the wheedling tongue of an amorous youth

and approached her son with all the wheedling and supplication servilities that fear and interest can impart to the words and attitudes of the born slave

i’m half afraid he is wheedling me

from the wheedling eyes and flattening ears to the wagging tail

but the fat idealist had an idea that his tongue had a gift of wheedling

to steel her heart against the wheedling of the coaxing gurgles and even to allow the baby to hurt himself

by wheedling and underselling–for he only charged a pound for the painted canvas–he contrived to live


Written by Luke Dunn

March 5, 2014 at 8:21 am

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