(Latin: a suffix; meaning, state, condition; having, being, pertaining to, tending to, inclinded to)
2. Ardently, or excessively, desirous: Ivan's most avid wish is to travel as often as possible.
3. Having an ardent desire or unbounded craving; greedy: As far back as James can remember, his sister always had an avid desire to read books.
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2. Having an unhealthily glowing pink or red complexion: "Ceri's face was florid or tinged with red after being out in the sun so long."
"Dennis wiped the sweat off his florid face and neck as he was working out in the fitness studio during the summer heat."3. Etymology: "strikingly beautiful", from French floride, "flourishing"; from Latin floridus, "flowery, in bloom", from flos, "flower".
"When florid came into English, it was used with the literal meaning "covered with flowers". English speakers borrowed it from the Latin adjective floridus, "blooming" or "flowery" which is from the verb flor?re, "to bloom".
"Now, florid also refers to an excessive style of speech, writing, or decoration."
2. Without warmth of feeling; without ardor or enthusiasm: "There was a frigidness in the reaction to the suggested new law."
3. Stiff or formal: "The welcome that we received was polite but had some frigidness, too."
4. Unemotional or unimaginative; lacking passion, sympathy, or sensitivity.