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euphuism

[yoo-fyoo-iz-uh m] /ˈyu fyuˌɪz əm/
noun
1.
an affected style in imitation of that of Lyly, fashionable in England about the end of the 16th century, characterized chiefly by long series of antitheses and frequent similes relating to mythological natural history, and alliteration.
Compare Euphues.
2.
any similar ornate style of writing or speaking; high-flown, periphrastic language.
Origin of euphuism
1590-1600
1590-1600; Euphu(es) + -ism
Related forms
euphuist, noun
euphuistic, euphuistical, adjective
euphuistically, adverb
Can be confused
euphemism, euphuism.
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British Dictionary definitions for euphuism

euphuism

/ˈjuːfjuːˌɪzəm/
noun
1.
an artificial prose style of the Elizabethan period, marked by extreme use of antithesis, alliteration, and extended similes and allusions
2.
any stylish affectation in speech or writing, esp a rhetorical device or expression
Derived Forms
euphuist, noun
euphuistic, euphuistical, adjective
euphuistically, adverb
Word Origin
C16: after Euphues, prose romance by John Lyly
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