One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Swollen or becoming swollen, especially as a response to sexual arousal.swollen, bloated, dilated, engorged, enlarged, inflated, stretched, blown up, pumped out, pumped upView synonyms
2(especially of language or literary style) pompous or pretentious; tumid.‘his prose is tumescent, full of orotund language’
Mid 19th century: from Latin tumescent- ‘beginning to swell’, from the verb tumescere, from tumere ‘to swell’.
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