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    #1

    tumescent horribleness

    The miles of stretch marks! The tumescent horribleness of his proportions! He looked straight out of a Daniel Clowes comic book.
    Junot Diaz, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, 2007

    The word tumescent has the following three meanings. Which meaning do native speakers think is suitable for the above sentence?
    1. pompous and pretentious, especially in the use of language; bombastic.
    2. swelling; slightly tumid.
    3. exhibiting or affected with many ideas or emotions; teeming.
    I need native speakers' help.

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    #2

    Re: tumescent horribleness

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    #3

    Re: tumescent horribleness

    I would also go for #2, but I would not exclude a hint of the other meanings there.

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