noun Etymology: Samuel Johnson Date: 1843 a literary style characterized by balanced phraseology and Latinate diction

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  • Johnsonese — John son*ese , n. The literary style of Dr. Samuel Johnson, or one formed in imitation of it; an inflated, stilted, or pompous style, affecting classical words. E. Everett. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Johnsonese — [jän΄sən ēz′] n. the literary style of, or like that of, Samuel Johnson, variously characterized by erudition, Latinisms, heaviness, pomposity, etc …   English World dictionary

  • johnsonese — |jän(t)sə|nēz, ēs noun ( s) Usage: usually capitalized Etymology: Samuel Johnson died 1784 English lexicographer and writer + English ese : a literary style characterized by balanced phraseology and excessively Latinic diction fell in …   Useful english dictionary

  • Johnsonese — /jon seuh neez , nees /, n. a literary style characterized by rhetorically balanced, often pompous phraseology and an excessively Latinate vocabulary: so called from the style of writing practiced by Samuel Johnson. [1835 45; JOHNSON + ESE] * * * …   Universalium

  • Johnsonese — n. literary style of Samuel Johnson; literary style imitating the styel of Dr. Samuel Johnson …   English contemporary dictionary

  • johnsonese — john·son·ese …   English syllables

  • Cole robertson — (born 1979) is an American photographer known for images about sex, sexuality, and aesthetics.Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Robertson lives in Chicago, Illinois. In 2005 he started a project called ISO, in which he manipulates photographs taken from… …   Wikipedia

  • 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

  • grandiloquence — n bombast, grandiosity, pomposity; lofty language, fustian, euphuism, Johnsonese. See bombast …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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