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 (flôr′ĭd, flŏr′-)
1. Flushed with rosy color; ruddy.
2. Very ornate; flowery: a florid prose style.
3. Archaic Healthy.
4. Obsolete Abounding in or covered with flowers.

[French floride, from Latin flōridus, from flōs, flōr-, flower; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

flo·rid′i·ty (flə-rĭd′ĭ-tē, flô-), flor′id·ness n.
flor′id·ly adv.
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Noun1.floridness - extravagant elaborateness; "he wrote with great flamboyance"
elaborateness, ornateness - an ornate appearance; being elaborately (even excessively) decorated
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References in classic literature ?
In the hot summer light his floridness seemed heavy and bloated, and but for his erect square- shouldered walk he would have looked like an over-fed and over-dressed old man.
Despite being greeted by cheers from the crowd outside, the chancellor arrived on the scene solemnly; "looking worn and ill," as one foreign observer put it, he "dropped all his habitual floridness of style and spoke quietly, directly, and to the point." (165) Bulow began by noting his inability to answer every issue put to him.
Her sheltered childhood, the floridness of her prose, the profound sensitivity of her nature--these combined leave her readers with a sense of unreality, as though Therese lived her life in a sort of fairyland, rather than in our own broken and chaotic world.