sesquipedalism

sesquipedalian

[ses-kwi-pi-dey-lee-uhn, -deyl-yuhn]
adjective Also, sesquipedal [ses-kwip-i-dl] .
1.
given to using long words.
2.
(of a word) containing many syllables.
noun
3.
a sesquipedalian word.

Origin:
1605–15; < Latin sēsquipedālis measuring a foot and a half (see sesqui-, pedal) + -an

sesquipedality [ses-kwi-pi-dal-i-tee] , sesquipedalianism, sesquipedalism [ses-kwip-i-dl-iz-uhm, ‐kwi-peed-l-iz-uhm] , noun
unsesquipedalian, adjective
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sesquipedalian or sesquipedal (ˌsɛskwɪpɪˈdeɪlɪən, sɛsˈkwɪpədəl)
 
adj
1.  tending to use very long words
2.  (of words or expressions) long and ponderous; polysyllabic
 
n
3.  a polysyllabic word
 
[C17: from Latin sēsquipedālis of a foot and a half (coined by Horace in Ars Poetica), from sesqui- + pedālis of the foot, from pēs foot]
 
sesquipedal or sesquipedal
 
adj
 
n
 
[C17: from Latin sēsquipedālis of a foot and a half (coined by Horace in Ars Poetica), from sesqui- + pedālis of the foot, from pēs foot]
 
sesquipe'dalianism or sesquipedal
 
n

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sesquipedalian
1615, from L. sesquipedalia verba "words a foot-and-a-half long," in Horace's "Ars Poetica" (97), nicely illustrating the thing he is criticizing, from sesqui- "half as much again" (see sesquicentennial) + pes "foot" (see foot)
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