Johnsonian John*so"ni*an, a. Pertaining to or resembling Dr. Johnson or his style; pompous; inflated. [1913 Webster]

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  • Johnsonian — [jän sō′nē ən] adj. of, like, or characteristic of Samuel Johnson or his style …   English World dictionary

  • Johnsonian — Johnsonianism, n. Johnsonianly, adv. /jon soh nee euhn/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Samuel Johnson or his works. 2. having the quality of Johnsonese. n. 3. a person who writes in the Johnsonian style. 4. a teacher or critic… …   Universalium

  • Johnsonian — I. adjective see Johnson I II. adjective see Johnson IV III. adjective see Johnson VIII …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Johnsonian — Synonyms and related words: Gongoresque, affected, bedizened, big sounding, convoluted, declamatory, elevated, euphuistic, flamboyant, flaming, flashy, flaunting, fulsome, garish, gaudy, grandiloquent, grandiose, grandisonant, high flowing, high… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • johnsonian — john·so·ni·an …   English syllables

  • Johnsonian — John•so•ni•an [[t]dʒɒnˈsoʊ ni ən[/t]] adj. 1) lit. of or characteristic of Samuel Johnson 2) lit. of or resembling the literary style of Samuel Johnson, characterized by rhetorically balanced phraseology and a Latinate vocabulary • Etymology:… …   From formal English to slang

  • Johnsonian — /dʒɒnˈsoʊniən/ (say jon sohneeuhn) adjective of a style of writing which is measured and dignified with many Latinate words and parentheses. {after Dr Samuel Johnson} …   Australian English dictionary

  • johnsonian — adj. 1 of or relating to Samuel Johnson, English man of letters and lexicographer (d. 1784). 2 typical of his style of writing …   Useful english dictionary

  • post-Johnsonian — adj. * * * …   Universalium

  • post-Johnsonian — adj …   Useful english dictionary

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