One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a florid complexion’
ruddy, red, red-faced, reddish, rosy, rosy-cheeked, pink, pinkish, roseate, rubicund
healthy-looking, glowing, fresh
flushed, blushing, high-coloured, blowsy
rare erubescent, rubescent
2‘the florid plasterwork of the ceilings’
ornate, fancy, very elaborate, over-elaborate, embellished, curlicued, extravagant, flamboyant, baroque, rococo, fussy, busy, ostentatious, showy, wedding-cake, gingerbread
3‘endearments in florid English’
flowery, flamboyant, high-flown, high-sounding, magniloquent, grandiloquent, ornate, fancy, baroque, orotund, rhetorical, oratorical, bombastic, laboured, strained, overwrought, elaborate, over-elaborate, overblown, overripe, overdone, convoluted, turgid, inflated
informal highfalutin, purple
rare tumid, pleonastic, euphuistic, aureate, Ossianic, fustian, hyperventilated
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