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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.
Luke Fox, being ice-bound and in peril, writes, “God thinks upon our imprisonment within a supersedeas;” but he was a good and honourable man as wall as euphuist.
Here is a specimen of his felicity, referring to the plays of old John Lily, the euphuist.
The essential requirement is to remember that Lyly the dramatist is the same man as Lyly the euphuist, and that his audience was always a company of courtiers, with Queen Elizabeth in their midst, infatuated with admiration for the new phraseology and mode of thought known as Euphuism.
As a modern euphuist has taught us, of all poses the natural pose is the most irritating.
Professor Raleigh's explanation of this tedious moralizing is that Lyly, wit and euphuist, possessed the Nonconformist conscience: "Beneath the courtier's slashed doublet, under his ornate brocade and frills, there stood the Puritan."
There is a story that Watson and Nash invited a company together to sup at the Nag's Head in Cheapside, and to discuss the pedantries of Harvey, and our euphuist in all probability made one of the party.
In George Pettie, however, we find a complete euphuist before _Euphues_.
Dilettante, aesthete, and euphuist, he would naturally attract the
Ghiberti, that euphuist, did not influence those who came after him as
Because his phraseology was colorless, he has become a stainer of phrases, a sort of musical euphuist.
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