• (America) IPA: /tuˈmɛsənt/, /tjuˈmɛsənt/


  1. Swollen or distended with fluid, as of erectile tissue.
  2. Inflated or overblown.
    • 1982, Arlene Croce, Going to the dance (page 395)
      I think that in Gloria MacMillan uses this tumescent language for a comparatively modest purpose — to show how it was between men and women in the war — and the language inflates and perverts his meaning unconscionably.
Synonyms Translations
  • Portuguese: tumescente, intumescente

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