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long-winded

Overly long, tedious, and often repetitive or rambling. Said of speech or writing. She's created a number of interesting characters here, but they're all mired in such long-winded prose that the whole thing is a chore to get through. My husband and I actually both fell asleep during my father's long-winded speech wedding speech.
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While I believe Finke is wrong to interpret Chekhov's interruption of a laudatory speech with the exclamation' Bokcase!' as anything but a protest at long-windedness, Finke is the first critic to make a persuasive case for regarding Chekhov's furnishings as a way of penetrating his mind.
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Regarding your story about Attorney General Janet Reno calling the press long-winded (E&P, Nov 28, p 11), there are worse crimes than long-windedness. For example, Reno's massacre at Waco.
This is not the jaunty Ovid famed for his urbane wit and occasional long-windedness. This is an Ovid obsessed with violence and passion, an Ovid who writes stark, spare, sometimes brutal and often irregular verse, an Ovid, in other words, who has undergone a radical metamorphosis.
But like the film itself, the performance doesn't take off and seal, and there are moments when Dorr's long-windedness frankly becomes tiresome.
But the current council, a few members excluded, has set a new standard for long-windedness, despite Mayor Jim Torrey's often heroic efforts to stem the ever-rising tide of words.
The Reden an die deutsche Nation are not as carefully argued as his Grundlage des Naturrechts nach Prinzipien der Wissenschaftslehre (1796-1797), which is however not free from stylistic infelicities and long-windedness either.
I found the book labored and farfetched and strangely uncharacteristic of Hein in its long-windedness and directness.
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(7) To Willson's examples of Golding's rhythm and alliteration as objects of mockery may be added other Golding characteristics: the archaisms that reappear in the mechanicals' interlude and the repetitiveness and long-windedness which can be found in both.