V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. having an unhealthily glowing pink or red complexion; 2. elaborate and overly complicated in wording and general style

Synonyms: ruddy, sanguine, reddish, rose, showy, flowery, flamboyant, ornate, embellished, overblown

Antonyms: simple, uncomplicated

Tips: Florid is derived from the Latin floridus, “flowery." Florid can be used to describe a person's "rosy" complexion, but in a negative, not positive, sense. It's also used negatively to describe an elaborate, "flowery" presentation full of rhetoric and empty promises--meant to sound good but with no substance. Films, music, and literature can all have "florid touches." Although it technically means "overly ornamental," the architecture and designs described as florid tend to be praised for their beauty, as with Gothic design, florid touches in renowned musical compositions, etc.

Usage Examples:

Some early Irish churches contain stylistically florid touches of Gothic origin. (flowery, ornate)

The man's fair skin became florid after a day of drinking and golfing. (ruddy, rosy)

The politician delivered a florid speech full of empty rhetoric. (flowery, elaborate, over-done)

I want this presentation to get right to the point, so let's remove all of the florid language and just say it like it is. (flowery, ornate, excessive)

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