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sesquipedalianism

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Sesquipedality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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