(?), n.;
pl. Flourishes ().
1. A flourishing condition; prosperity; vigor. [Archaic]
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The Roman monarchy, in her highest flourish, never had the like.
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2. Decoration; ornament; beauty.
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The flourish of his sober youth
Was the pride of naked truth.
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3. 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.
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He lards with flourishes his long harangue.
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4. A fanciful stroke of the pen or graver; a merely decorative figure.
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The neat characters and flourishes of a Bible curiously printed.
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5. A fantastic or decorative musical passage; a strain of triumph or bravado, not forming part of a regular musical composition; a cal; a fanfare.
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A flourish, trumpets! strike alarum, drums!
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6. The waving of a weapon or other thing; a brandishing; as, the flourish of a sword.
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