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sesquipedalianism

Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The practice of using long, sometimes obscure, words in speech or writing.
  • n. A very long word.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Sesquipedality.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition of being sesquipedalian; the practice of using, or fondness for using, long words; also, a long word, or a style abounding in long words.

Etymologies

Surface form analyzed as sesquipedalian +‎ -ism, from sesqui- (“one and a half”) +‎ pedalian (“of the foot”). (Wiktionary)

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