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Meaning of EUPHUISM

Pronunciation:  'yoofyoo`izum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  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
  2. [n]  any artificially elegant style of language

EUPHUISM is a 8 letter word that starts with E.


 See Also: expressive style, prose, style



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Eu"phu*ism\, n. [Gr. ? well grown, graceful; ? well +
? growth, fr. ? to grow. This affected style of conversation
and writing, fashionable for some time in the court of
Elizabeth, had its origin from the fame of Lyly's books,
``Euphues, or the Anatomy of Wit,'' and ``Euphues and his
England.''] (Rhet.)
An affectation of excessive elegance and refinement of
language; high-flown diction.

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