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.
- n. uncountable The practice of using long, sometimes obscure, words in speech or writing.
- n. countable A very long word.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Sesquipedality.
- Surface form analyzed as sesquipedalian + -ism, from sesqui- (“one and a half”) + pedalian (“of the foot”). (Wiktionary)
“The joys of semifundamental sesquipedalianism.readeryQuote”
“(I may be accused of sesquipedalianism though, hope so)”
“All this sesquipedalianism is causing a contraction of my neurological blood vessels which will inevitably lead to the disruption of my suprachiasmatic nucleus affecting my endogenous circadian rhythms.”
“It goes beyond mere sesquipedalianism to the Lexiphanic.”
“They're unavoidable in a breezy popular book, but the style of this book is so annoying that he gives sesquipedalianism a bad name.”
“Sorry for the sesquipedalianism, and my apologies to those who suffer from hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia. heh heh heh .... love ya Rex, even with all yer far right winger warts that you grew during the Bush Years.”
“Then again, even the White Queen would have trouble believing that embracing a system of sesquipedalianism will make everything right with the world.”
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