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1. Excessively ornate or complex in style or language; grandiloquent: turgid prose.
2. Swollen or distended, as from a fluid; bloated: a turgid bladder; turgid veins.

[Latin turgidus, from turgēre, to be swollen.]

tur·gid′i·ty, tur′gid·ness n.
tur′gid·ly adv.
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Adv.1.turgidly - in a turgid mannerturgidly - in a turgid manner; "he lectured bombastically about his theories"
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To her credit, she passed muster in her turgidly emotional scenes, as well, serving notice that she could turn out to be a versatile player who can make viewers laugh and cry.
This study does not support the claim that the oral tube extends and retracts because the lower and lateral labia are turgidly packed with connective tissue; rather, my observations suggest that the rigid oral tube would appear to protrude when the muscle rectus abdominis superficial pulls back the external fold (see Altig and McDiarmid's [1999] for a similar hypothesis).
Even the thought of my own condition and of my wife and little daughter, were crowded aside by such remembrances as these; they came slowly and turgidly floating through the current of my mind.
In other hands, films of this description can be turgidly overplotted and hysterically overacted.
Indeed, the book does not read turgidly like some works that are heavy with quotations.
Sloppily plotted, turgidly written, Inferno is so poorly constructed, so uninvolving .
Here, because the lines are so turgidly, dramatically Durassian ("I had to come"), they seem slightly embarrassing if they aren't delivered either convincingly or with no effort to be convincing at all.
The small crowd hoping for an exciting finish between the bottom clubs in Division Two were left disappointed, with the fourth day just played out turgidly for batting and bowling points.