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Synonyms for dropsical

swollen with an excessive accumulation of fluid


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and our fat blue lakes and our dropsical features, our eyes
the capital is become an overgrown monster; which, like a dropsical head, will in time leave the body and extremities without nourishment and support.
Myra's ethereal insanity and Billy's dropsical ineptitude clash in Conradian style.
The third part of the previously mentioned trinity is avarice, which is an insatiable abyss, an insatiable Charybdis, that hungers in superabundance, thirsts in drunkenness, that in the image of a dropsical person thirsts more the more he drinks; the more he has the more he craves; whoever follows after fleeting things, pursues fallen things.
She had been a big woman once but now her skeleton rose, draped loosely in unpadded skin that tightened again upon a paunch almost dropsical, as though muscle and tissue had been courage and fortitude which the days or the years had consumed until only the indomitable skeleton was left rising like a ruin or a landmark above the somnolent and impervious guts, and above that the collapsed face that gave the impression of the bones themselves being outside the flesh, lifted into the driving day, with an expression at once fatalistic and of a child's astonished disappointment, until she turned and entered the house again and closed the door.
Seizing the surgical knife, he plunged it into his bloated leg and watched the bloody liquid gush out: "imagining that the dropsical collection of water which oppressed him might be drawn off by making incisions in his body, he, with his usual resolute defiance of pain, cut deep, when he thought the surgeon had done it too tenderly.
As the phrase "state of eye" suggests, De Quincey acknowledges a close relationship between his dreams and his body: when he begins to dream of lakes and water he fears "that some dropsical state or tendency of the brain might thus be making itself(to use a metaphysical word)objective" (Confessions 107; original emphasis).