sesquipedality love

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The condition or property of being sesquipedalian; hence, the condition of being over-large.
  • noun The practice of using long words.

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

  • noun The quality or condition of being sesquipedal.
  • noun The use of sesquipedalian words; style characterized by the use of long words; sesquipedalism.

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

  • noun An instance or condition of being sesquipedalian.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun using long words

Etymologies

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From sesquipedalian.

Examples

  • Benjamin Franklin Bache the grandson of his namesake referred to the short and dumpy Adams in his newspaper, Aurora, as "His Rotundity," whose appearance was so much "sesquipedality of belly."

    Gingrich and the History of Negative Campaigns

  • He taxed Adams for obesity, referring to him as "His Rotundity," the possessor of a "sesquipedality of belly."

    Founders Chic

  • He taxed Adams for obesity, referring to him as "His Rotundity," the possessor of a "sesquipedality of belly."

    Founders Chic

  • Slop, of about four feet and a half perpendicular height, with a breadth of back, and a sesquipedality of belly, which might have done honour to a serjeant in the horse-guards.

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

  • Slop, of about four feet and a half perpendicular height, with a breadth of back, and a sesquipedality of belly, which might have done honour to a serjeant in the horse-guards.

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

  • Why, Dr. Slop's abdominal sesquipedality was sylph-like grace to the Lambertian girth she displays.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 100, February, 1866

  • Would you have thought that so much sesquipedality could die?

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 21, July, 1859

  • "The sesquipedality of that word is trying to all of us, I fancy, and I am in the same box as the lady; for I am as sure as she is that I don't know the meaning of the word," added the professor.

    Asiatic Breezes Students on The Wing

  • His height was certainly not remarkable; but his width of shoulder -- his sesquipedality of stomach -- and obesity of calf -- these were unique!

    Rookwood

  • Imagine to yourself a little squat, uncourtly figure of a Doctor Slop, of about four feet and a half perpendicular height, with a breadth of back, and a sesquipedality of belly, which might have done honour to a serjeant in the horseguards. ...

    Literary Remains, Volume 1

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  • sesquipedality is a word that I got off of

    random word. "The practice of using long words."

    December 9, 2010