Definition for FLOUR-ISH

FLOUR-ISH, n. [flur'ish.]

  1. Beauty; showy splendor. The flourish of his sober youth. Crashaw.
  2. Ostentatious embellishment; ambitious copiousness or amplification; parade of words and figures; show; as, a flourish of rhetoric; a flourish of wit. He lards with flourishes his long harangue. Dryden.
  3. Figures formed by bold, irregular lines, or fanciful strokes of the pen or graver; as the flourishes about a great letter. More.
  4. A brandishing; the waving of a weapon or other thing; as, the flourish of a sword.

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