Word of the Day – Tumescent

By May 17, 2019 Word of the Day

Tumescent (adj)

toom-es-unt

Swollen or becoming swollen, especially as a response to sexual arousal.

(especially of language or literary style) pompous or pretentious.

Mid 19th century: from Latin tumescent- ‘beginning to swell’, from the verb tumescere, from tumere ‘to swell’.

Example sentences

“My editor said that using tumescent(1) in my erotic fiction made the whole thing slightly tumescent(2).”

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