If Mr Blacker could find no interesting examples of the use of the word, is it perhaps that he didn't look hard enough?
The example which leaps to mind occurs in a moving passage in King Lear: "If only to go warm were gorgeous,/ Why, nature needs not what thou gorgeous wear'st."
The other seven examples of the word in Shakespeare include Prospero's "cloud-capped towers [and] gorgeous palaces"; the description of Prince Hal and his companions-in-arms as "gorgeous as the sun at midsummer"; and the reference by Hal himself, after his accession as Henry V, to his "new and gorgeous garment, majesty".
Surely not an adjective to be sneered at?
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