Polysyllabicity Pol`y*syl`la*bic"i*ty, n. Polysyllabism. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • polysyllabicism — noun The state or characteristic of having a polysyllabic or overly complex style. It will only facilitate the acquirement of a sesquipedalian diction, having the polysyllabicism without the precision of Johnson. See Also: polysyllable,… …   Wiktionary

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