tumescent

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin tumēscēns (swelling, bloating)

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

tumescent (comparative more tumescent, superlative most tumescent)

  1. swollen or distended with fluid, as of erectile tissue.
  2. inflated or overblown
    • 1982, Arlene Croce, Going to the dance (page 395)
      I think that in Gloria MacMillan uses this tumescent language for a comparatively modest purpose — to show how it was between men and women in the war — and the language inflates and perverts his meaning unconscionably.

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

tumēscent

  1. third-person plural future active indicative of tumēscō