euphuistic

euphuism

[yoo-fyoo-iz-uhm]
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:
1590–1600; Euphu(es) + -ism

euphuist, noun
euphuistic, euphuistical, adjective
euphuistically, adverb

euphemism, euphuism.
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euphuism (ˈjuːfjuːˌɪzəm)
 
n
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
 
[C16: after Euphues, prose romance by John Lyly]
 
'euphuist
 
n
 
euphu'istic
 
adj
 
euphu'istical
 
adj
 
euphu'istically
 
adv

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