From Late Latin plethoricus, from Hellenistic Ancient Greek πληθωρικός (plēthōrikós), from πληθώρα (plēthṓra, “plethora”).
plethoric (comparative more plethoric, superlative most plethoric)
- (medicine) Suffering from plethora; ruddy in complexion, congested or swollen with blood. [from 14th c.]
- 1941, W Somerset Maugham, Up at the Villa, Vintage 2004, p. 81:
- Harold Atkinson, her host, was a fine handsome grey-haired man, plethoric and somewhat corpulent, with an eye for a pretty woman […].
- Excessive, overabundant, rife; loosely, abundant, varied. [from 17th c.]
- 1982, TC Boyle, Water Music, Penguin 2006, p. 161:
- the judges [...] were arranging their robes and coughing into their fists, the ebb and flow of their plethoric wigs like a flock of sheep on the run.
containing excessive blood