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Verbose Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    verbose adj : using or containing too many words; "long-winded (or windy) speakers"; "verbose and ineffective instructional methods"; "newspapers of the day printed long wordy editorials"; "proceedings were delayed by wordy disputes" [syn: long-winded, tedious, windy, wordy]
Verbose Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Verbose \Ver*bose"\, a. [L. verbosus, from verbum a word. See Verb.] Abounding in words; using or containing more words than are necessary; tedious by a multiplicity of words; prolix; wordy; as, a verbose speaker; a verbose argument. Too verbose in their way of speaking. --Ayliffe. -- Ver*bose"ly, adv. -- Ver*bose"ness, n.
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Prolixity (from Latin prolixus, "extended"; also called wordiness, verbosity and garrulousness) in language refers to speech or writing which uses an excess of words. Adjectival forms include prolix, wordy, verbose, and garrulous.

Prolixity can also be used to refer to the length of a monologue or speech, especially a formal address such as a lawyer's oral argument.

In writing, prolixity can take many forms, including:

Writing that is overflowing with ornate or flowery adjective-heavy language is known as purple prose. Tastes vary widely in this regard. What was once considered enthralling description can be considered excess by a later generation. An example:

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