Sesquipedality
Sesquipedality Ses`qui*pe*dal"i*ty, n. 1. The quality or condition of being sesquipedal. --Sterne. [1913 Webster]

2. The use of sesquipedalian words; style characterized by the use of long words; sesquipedalism. [1913 Webster]


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  • sesquipedality — noun /ˌsɛskwɪpɪˈdæləti/ An instance or condition of being sesquipedalian. , 1760: Imagine to yourself a little, squat, uncourtly figure of a Doctor Slop, of about four feet and a half perpendicular height, with a breadth of back, and a… …   Wiktionary

  • sesquipedality — noun using long words • Derivationally related forms: ↑sesquipedalian • Hypernyms: ↑expressive style, ↑style * * * ˌse(ˌ)skwipə̇ˈdaləd.ē noun ( es) Etymology: sesquipedal + ity …   Useful english dictionary

  • sesquipedality — ses·qui·pe·dal·i·ty …   English syllables

  • sesquipedalian — sesquipedality /ses kwi pi dal i tee/, sesquipedalianism, sesquipedalism /ses kwip i dl iz euhm, kwi peed l iz euhm/, n. /ses kwi pi day lee euhn, dayl yeuhn/, adj. Also, sesquipedal /ses kwip i dl/. 1. given to using long words. 2. (of a word)… …   Universalium

  • Ornament — I (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Ornament >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 ornament ornament Sgm: N 1 floridness c.adj floridness c.adj GRP: N 2 Sgm: N 2 turgidity turgidity turgescence Sgm: N 2 altiloquence altiloquence &c. >Adj …   English dictionary for students

  • sesquipedalian — I noun a very long word (a foot and a half long) • Syn: ↑sesquipedalia • Hypernyms: ↑polysyllable, ↑polysyllabic word II adjective 1. given to the overuse of long words …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sesquipedalianism — Ses qui*pe*da li*an*ism, Sesquipedalism Ses*quip e*dal*ism, n. Sesquipedality. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sesquipedalism — Sesquipedalianism Ses qui*pe*da li*an*ism, Sesquipedalism Ses*quip e*dal*ism, n. Sesquipedality. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Doctor Slop — Dr Slop is a choleric physician and man midwife in Laurence Sterne s novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1759). The doctor is summoned by Tristram Shandy s father to attend his son s imminent birth. Slop makes his first… …   Wikipedia

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