Adjective "florid" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having a red or flushed complexion.
  1. 'Think of high blood pressure - or hypertension as doctors call it - and you probably think headaches, dizzy spells and a florid complexion.'
  2. 'Kara stared aghast as the brawny Maggie Finch, with a florid complexion like red brick and forearms like a butcher's, rolled up her sleeves and went to meet the threat of the two men in black Greek fisherman's garb.'
  3. '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.'
  4. 'As usual in his Neapolitan operas, there are also splendid opportunities for rival tenors - the dark, baritonal villain Antenore and the light, florid tenore di grazia Ilo - to pit their vocal skills against each other.'
  5. 'After only a few minutes my normally florid complexion had begun to resemble Florida.'
  6. '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.'
  7. 'He was a rotund, florid, bad-tempered, red-haired man who would shout orders.'
Excessively intricate or elaborate.
  1. '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.'
  2. 'His furniture and interior designs, often made in collaboration with his wife Margaret Macdonald, are characteristically art nouveau while avoiding florid excess.'
  3. 'During nearly half a century's worth of participation in the cat fancy, she had written her name in large, florid letters across its record books.'
  4. 'Matthews was inspired by Geoffrey Hill's poem sequence on the subject, Funeral music, which Hill himself described as ‘a florid grim music broken by grunts and shrieks’.'
  5. 'Sedov, a young Israeli of Russian extraction, has a characterful voice - not unlike Ramey's, come to think of it - and he negotiates Rossini's florid music with aplomb.'
  6. 'The ceremony was as elaborate as ever, and the certificate looked as florid as before; but some things had changed in Curacao in three years: rumors of autonomy and even independence were in the air.'
  7. 'On the plus side was the intriguingly ornate solo piano part, with florid additions, one may speculate, to compensate for the thinner strings.'
  8. 'The other side of Cuban music was the romantic ballads of people like Beny Moré - florid, sentimental stories backed by the sensual music of Oriente.'
  9. 'They play works from the baroque and classical periods on original instruments, and present some of the world's finest singers of florid music when they work in opera.'
  10. 'State buildings neighbour the florid works of nineteenth-century Russian and Viennese architects.'
  11. 'his florid and exciting prose'
  12. 'All these things cohere because of the surrealism and typical Spanish violence of the juxtapositions, the balance between flat prose and highly florid colouration.'
  13. 'I wonder if readers take these cliches and contrived metaphors at face value, or do they all snigger at the florid prose.'
  14. 'Some judges and magistrates tend to clothe their remarks in florid language which is likely to appeal to reporters.'
  15. 'In florid language, the article describes his ‘flamboyant’ mood and attendance at lap-dancing clubs and expensive restaurants.'
  16. 'That was probably a reaction to the florid language Rothwell used - and an initial response to the content.'
  17. 'Considering that a location map is usually a prosaic affair, the use of such florid prose is indicative of the importance attached to the aesthetic qualities of the island's geology.'
  18. 'We can toothcomb the statistics, scowl over the double counting, curl a lip at florid rhetoric.'
  19. 'The report's recommendations were striking, however, not for their expansive ambition or their florid language but for the speed with which they became reality.'
  20. '‘You look sad,’ Fay said simply - florid language had never been his style.'
  21. 'The accompanying text celebrates her virtue and health in typically winsome and florid language.'
(of a disease or its manifestations) occurring in a fully developed form.
  1. '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.'
  2. 'These were associated with florid acute inflammation, including microabscesses, an indication of the acute nature and severity of the process.'
  3. 'The present case was a diagnostic challenge because the dominant feature of the lesion was florid giant cell proliferation.'


1. reddish; ruddy; rosy: a florid complexion.

2. flowery; excessively ornate; showy: florid writing.

3. Obsolete. abounding in or consisting of flowers.

More examples(as adjective)

"trees can be florid with purples."

"trees can be florid with greys."

"flights can be florid by hearts."

"faces can be florid by eyes."

"faces can be florid."

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