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  • n. One who affects excessive refinement and elegance of language; applied especially to a class of writers, in the age of Elizabeth I, whose productions are marked by affected conceits and high-flown diction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who affects excessive refinement and elegance of language; -- applied esp. to a class of writers, in the age of Elizabeth, whose productions are marked by affected conceits and high-flown diction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who uses the euphuistic style; one who affects excessive elegance and refinement of language: applied particularly to a class of writers in the age of Queen Elizabeth, at the head of which stood John Lyly.

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Compare euphuism. (Wiktionary)

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