euphuism
noun Etymology: Euphues, character in prose romances by John Lyly Date: 1592 1. an elegant Elizabethan literary style marked by excessive use of balance, antithesis, and alliteration and by frequent use of similes drawn from mythology and nature 2. artificial elegance of language • euphuist nouneuphuistic adjectiveeuphuistically adverb

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  • Euphuism — is a mannered style of English prose, taking its name from works by John Lyly who, however, did not invent the term. It took the form of a preciously ornate and sophisticated style that employed a wide range of literary devices such as antitheses …   Wikipedia

  • euphuism — eu phu*ism ([=u] f[ u]*[i^]z m), n. [Gr. e yfyh s well grown, graceful; e y^ well + fyh growth, fr. fy ein to grow. This affected style of conversation and writing, fashionable for some time in the court of Elizabeth, had its origin from the fame …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • euphuism — index fustian, rhetoric (insincere language) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • euphuism — (not to be confused with euphemism: see the preceding entry) is an affected or high flown style of writing or speaking, originally applied to work of the late 16c and early 17c written in imitation of John Lyly s Euphues (pronounced yoo fyoo eez… …   Modern English usage

  • euphuism — [yo͞o′fyo͞o iz΄əm] n. [< Euphues, fictitious character in two prose romances by John Lyly < Gr euphyēs, shapely, graceful < eu (see EU ) + phyē, growth < phyein, to grow (see BONDAGE) + ISM] 1. the artificial, affected, high flown… …   English World dictionary

  • Euphuism —    , GONGORISM    Euphuism is an artificial literary style, popular in the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods. It derived its name from the name of the hero of two prose romances by John Lyly (1554 1606), Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit (1579) and his… …   Dictionary of eponyms

  • euphuism — euphuist, n. euphuistic, euphuistical, adj. euphuistically, adv. /yooh fyooh iz euhm/, n. 1. an affected style in imitation of that of Lyly, fashionable in England about the end of the 16th century, characterized chiefly by long series of… …   Universalium

  • euphuism — noun a) An ornate style of writing (in Elizabethan England) marked by the excessive use of alliteration, antithesis and mythological similes. b) An example of euphuism. See Also: euphui …   Wiktionary

  • euphuism — Synonyms and related words: Gongorism, affectation, affectedness, artfulness, artifice, artificiality, asiaticism, device, elegance, euphemism, exquisiteness, figurative language, figurativeness, figure, figure of speech, floridity, flourish,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • EUPHUISM —    an affected bombastic style of language, so called from Euphues, a work of Sir John Lyly s written in that style …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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