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AN AFFECTED BOMBASTIC STYLE OF LANGUAGE
Euphuist; Euphuistic; Euphuisms
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Euphuism         
·noun An affectation of excessive elegance and refinement of language; high-flown diction.
euphuism         
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¦ noun formal an artificial, highly elaborate way of writing or speaking.
Derivatives
euphuist noun
euphuistic adjective
euphuistically adverb
Origin
C16: with ref. to the elevated style of John Lyly's prose romance Euphues.
euphuism         
n.
1.
Purism, finical style, fastidious delicacy (in the use of language), affected elegance.
2.
High-flown diction, pompous style, extravagantly ornate diction.

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Euphuism

Euphuism is a peculiar mannered style of English prose. It takes its name from a prose romance by John Lyly. It consists of a preciously ornate and sophisticated style, employing a deliberate excess of literary devices such as antitheses, alliterations, repetitions and rhetorical questions. Classical learning and remote knowledge of all kinds are displayed. Euphuism was fashionable in the 1580s, especially in the Elizabethan court.