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Definition of Flourish

Flourish

  1. To grow luxuriantly; to increase and enlarge, as a healthy growing plant; a thrive.
  2. To be prosperous; to increase in wealth, honor, comfort, happiness, or whatever is desirable; to thrive; to be prominent and influental; specifically, of authors, painters, etc., to be in a state of activity or production.
  3. To use florid language; to indulge in rhetorical figures and lofty expressions; to be flowery.
  4. To make bold and sweeping, fanciful, or wanton movements, by way of ornament, parade, bravado, etc.; to play with fantastic and irregular motion.
  5. To make ornamental strokes with the pen; to write graceful, decorative figures.
  6. To execute an irregular or fanciful strain of music, by way of ornament or prelude.
  7. To boast; to vaunt; to brag.
  8. To adorn with flowers orbeautiful figures, either natural or artificial; to ornament with anything showy; to embellish.
  9. To embellish with the flowers of diction; to adorn with rhetorical figures; to grace with ostentatious eloquence; to set off with a parade of words.
  10. To move in bold or irregular figures; to swing about in circles or vibrations by way of show or triumph; to brandish.
  11. To develop; to make thrive; to expand.
  12. A flourishing condition; prosperity; vigor.
  13. Decoration; ornament; beauty.
  14. Something made or performed in a fanciful, wanton, or vaunting manner, by way of ostentation, to excite admiration, etc.; ostentatious embellishment; ambitious copiousness or amplification; parade of words and figures; show; as, a flourish of rhetoric or of wit.
  15. A fanciful stroke of the pen or graver; a merely decorative figure.
  16. A fantastic or decorative musical passage; a strain of triumph or bravado, not forming part of a regular musical composition; a cal; a fanfare.
  17. The waving of a weapon or other thing; a brandishing; as, the flourish of a sword.

Flourish Quotations

No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.
Alan Watts

Israel was not created in order to disappear - Israel will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and the home of the brave. It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success. It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom.
John F. Kennedy

Human well-being is not a random phenomenon. It depends on many factors - ranging from genetics and neurobiology to sociology and economics. But, clearly, there are scientific truths to be known about how we can flourish in this world. Wherever we can have an impact on the well-being of others, questions of morality apply.
Sam Harris

Virtue can only flourish among equals.
Mary Wollstonecraft

Trust is to human relationships what faith is to gospel living. It is the beginning place, the foundation upon which more can be built. Where trust is, love can flourish.
Barbara Smith
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Flourish Translations

flourish in Dutch is fanfarekorps, fanfare
flourish in Italian is fiorire
flourish in Norwegian is fanfare, snirkel, trives, florere
flourish in Spanish is florecer, abrirse
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