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Prolix definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PROLIX, a. [L. prolixus; pro and laxus, literally drawn out.]
1. Long; extended to a great length; minute in narration or argument; applied only to discourses, speeches and writings; as a prolix oration; a prolix poem; a prolix sermon.
2. Of long duration. [Not in use.]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: tediously prolonged or tending to speak or write at great length; "editing a prolix manuscript"; "a prolix lecturer telling you more than you want to know" [ant: concise]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French prolix, from Latin prolixus extended, from pro- forward + liqu?re to be fluid more at liquid Date: 15th century 1. unduly prolonged or drawn out ; too long 2. marked by or using an excess of words Synonyms: see wordy prolixity noun prolixly adverb

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. (of speech, writing, etc.) lengthy; tedious. Derivatives: prolixity n. prolixly adv. Etymology: ME f. OF prolixe or L prolixus poured forth, extended (as PRO-(1), liquere be liquid)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Prolix Pro*lix" (?; 277), a. [L. prolixus extended, long, prolix, probably fr. pro before, forward + liqui to flow, akin to liquidus liquid; cf. OL. lixa water: cf. F. prolixe. See Liquid.] 1. Extending to a great length; unnecessarily long; minute in narration or argument; excessively particular in detail; -- rarely used except with reference to discourse written or spoken; as, a prolix oration; a prolix poem; a prolix sermon. With wig prolix, down flowing to his waist. --Cowper. 2. Indulging in protracted discourse; tedious; wearisome; -- applied to a speaker or writer. Syn: Long; diffuse; prolonged; protracted; tedious; tiresome; wearisome. Usage: Prolix, Diffuse. A prolix writer delights in circumlocution, extended detail, and trifling particulars. A diffuse writer is fond of amplifying, and abounds in epithets, figures, and illustrations. Diffuseness often arises from an exuberance of imagination; prolixity is generally connected with a want of it.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Diffuse, wordy, verbose, circumlocutory, prosaic, loose, long, lengthy, lengthened out, full of detail, prolonged, protracted, long-spun, spun-out, long-winded, discursive, rambling, not concise. 2. Tiresome, tedious, wearisome.

Moby Thesaurus

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