from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An affectedly elegant literary style of the late 1500s and early 1600s, characterized by elaborate alliteration, antitheses, and similes.
- noun Affected elegance of language.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In English literature, an affected literary style, originating in the fifteenth century, characterized by a wide vocabulary, alliteration, consonance, verbal antithesis, and odd combinations of words.
- noun Synonyms This word is sometimes confounded with euphemism and euphony. It has nothing to do with either.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Rhet.) An affectation of excessive elegance and refinement of language; high-flown diction.
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- noun uncountable An
ornatestyle of writing(in Elizabethan England) marked by the excessive use of alliteration, antithesisand mythological similes.
- noun An example of euphuism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun an elegant style of prose of the Elizabethan period; characterized by balance and antithesis and alliteration and extended similes with and allusions to nature and mythology
- noun any artificially elegant style of language
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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Al – Saj’a, the fine style or style fleuri, also termed Al – Badí‘a, or euphuism, is the basis of all
The literary affectation called euphuism was directly based on the precepts of the handbooks on rhetoric; its author, John Lyly, only elaborated and made more precise tricks of phrase and writing, which had been used as exercises in the schools of his youth.
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Their mutual communication was all conducted in a peculiar style of language, the natural deterioration of which was into a kind of euphuism, such as
(1600-1700) in which it flourished, and that bore in England the name of "euphuism".
Peele's "Arraignment of Paris, a Pastorall" is a court drama in the style of Lilly, intended to flatter the Queen, "poor in action but all the richer in gallant phrases, provided with songs, one in Italian, and with all kinds of love scenes between shepherds and shepherdesses, nymphs and terrestrial gods"; the diction is interesting, because it shows revolt from the prevailing "euphuism," and therefore Peele must be given the praise of first opposing Lilly's affected style.
| possibility that "euphuism" should have been used, rather |
But 'boobtube' is by far my favorite euphuism for it.
There has long been speculation about Justice Souter who has been termed a “Confirmed Bachelor” which is often euphuism and has nothing to do with his relationship with his bishop.
There — I must stop describing you, or I shall catch the infection of your own euphuism, and talk of you as you would have talked of Sidney or of Spenser, or of that Swan of