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Johnson +‎ -ese

Proper noun[edit]


  1. The literary style of Dr. Samuel Johnson; an inflated, stilted, or pompous style, affecting classical words.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of E. Everett to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for Johnsonese in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)