euphuism

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From Lyly's Euphues.

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euphuism (plural euphuisms)

  1. (uncountable) An ornate style of writing (in Elizabethan England) marked by the excessive use of alliteration, antithesis and mythological similes.
  2. An example of euphuism.
    • 1844, E. A. Poe, Marginalia
      I have not the slightest faith in Carlyle. In ten years–possibly in five–he will be remembered only as a butt for sarcasm. His linguistic Euphuisms might very well have been taken as prima facie evidence of his philosophic ones; they were the froth which indicated, first, the shallowness, and secondly, the confusion of the waters.

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