Definition of florid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈflôrid/


1Having a red or flushed complexion: a stout man with a florid face
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  • He was a great big fellow with a florid complexion and blue eyes, and was utterly devoid of fear, nothing that came in his direction being too hot for him to handle.
  • His features and florid complexion are all too familiar to readers of The Sunday Times, where he provides the savoury delights in the restaurant pages of Style magazine.
  • Think of high blood pressure - or hypertension as doctors call it - and you probably think headaches, dizzy spells and a florid complexion.
ruddy, red, red-faced, rosy, rosy-cheeked, pink;
flushed, blushing, high-colored
archaic sanguine
2Elaborately or excessively intricate or complicated: florid operatic-style music was out
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  • In an age when the life of the spirit is besieged by the excesses of a florid globalism, claimants to sole proprietorship of truth have never been more numerous.
  • It is sad to hear the veteran struggling with Rossini's florid music as the titular Turk, and both buffo baritones are, frankly, provincial.
  • Her gestures, however, can seem too mannered, even by the florid standards of Baroque song recitals.
ornate, fancy, elaborate, embellished, curlicued, extravagant, flamboyant, baroque, rococo, fussy, busy
flowery, flamboyant, high-flown, high-sounding, grandiloquent, ornate, fancy, bombastic, elaborate, turgid, pleonastic
informal highfalutin
rare fustian
2.1(Of language) using unusual words or complicated rhetorical constructions: the florid prose of the nineteenth century
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  • Expressing ourselves in quite such florid language about what we are is why fingers are pointed at us.
  • That was probably a reaction to the florid language Rothwell used - and an initial response to the content.
  • Some judges and magistrates tend to clothe their remarks in florid language which is likely to appeal to reporters.
3 Medicine (Of a disease or its manifestations) occurring in a fully developed form: florid symptoms of psychiatric disorder
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  • Or they may come with, or deteriorate by rapidly developing, florid pneumonia or septicaemia with multi-organ failure and die in spite of the usual treatments.
  • To our knowledge, this is the first reported case in which florid parvovirus infection and subsequent recovery was documented by sequential bone marrow examination.
  • These were associated with florid acute inflammation, including microabscesses, an indication of the acute nature and severity of the process.



Pronunciation: /fləˈridədē/
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  • Hirst's speech was notable not only for its floridity.
  • In the furious first movement, Vivaldi unleashes these and other afflictions to music of staggering floridity.


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  • The lost art of well-jumping, an odyssey with the best mango in India as its objective, a Corbett-inspired episode starring a man-eating tiger - these could be seen either as images natural to the story, or as floridly exotic elements.
  • The film doesn't stint in showing us the results of these dark deeds; while the imagery isn't floridly splattery it doesn't mask things in shadows either.
  • The young man, floridly mad, believed that he had been cheated by his family of an inheritance that would have made him extremely rich.


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  • By combining the arch floridness of Victorian prose with a present-tense, subtly ironic style, Gray has created a distinctive voice.


Mid 17th century: from Latin floridus, from flos, flor- 'flower'.

Words that rhyme with florid

forehead, horrid, torrid
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