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  • v. To affect excessive refinement in language; to be overnice in expression.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To affect excessive refinement in language; to be overnice in expression.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To express one's self by euphuism; use an affectedly fine and delicate style.

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  • (v.i.) to speak or write affectedly. From euphuism, a style of writing fashionable in England after the writings of John Lyly in the 16th century marked by his play on words, alliteration, elaborate simile and antithesis in the work "Euphues".

    January 11, 2009