Definition of Euphuism

1. Noun. Any artificially elegant style of language.

Generic synonyms: Expressive Style, Style
Specialized synonyms: Gongorism



2. Noun. An elegant style of prose of the Elizabethan period; characterized by balance and antithesis and alliteration and extended similes with and allusions to nature and mythology.
Generic synonyms: Prose

Definition of Euphuism

1. n. An affectation of excessive elegance and refinement of language; high-flown diction.

Definition of Euphuism

1. Noun. An ornate style of writing (in Elizabethan England) marked by the excessive use of alliteration, antithesis and mythological similes. ¹

2. Noun. An example of euphuism. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Euphuism

1. an artificially elegant style of speech or writing [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Euphuism

euphory
euphotic
euphotic zone
euphotide
euphotides
euphotometric
euphrasia
euphrasias
euphrasies
euphrasy
euphroe
euphroes
euphuise
euphuised
euphuises
euphuism (current term)
euphuisms
euphuist
euphuistic
euphuistically
euphuists
euphuize
euphuized
euphuizes
euphuizing
euphyllophyte
euphyllophytes
eupione
eupittone
eupittonic

Literary usage of Euphuism

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1. The Complete Works of John Lyly by John Lyly (1902)
"EUPHUES AND euphuism INTRODUCTORY ESSAY No edition of this famous work could be considered complete without some account of the style in which it is written ..."

2. The Age of Elizabeth by Mandell Creighton (1881)
"Shakespeare satirised euphuism in his earliest play, ' Love's Labour's Lost,' in the ... euphuism owed its great success to the patronage of the queen. ..."

3. ... The Age of Elizabeth by Mandell Creighton (1910)
"A new style of speaking, called after its founder euphuism, ... Shakespeare satirized euphuism in his earliest play, " Love's Labor's Lost," in the ..."

4. Metaphor and Simile in the Minor Elizabethan Drama by Frederic Ives Carpenter (1895)
"euphuism was symptomatic of the literary tendencies of the time.4 The euphuism ... Most of the characteristics of euphuism pointed out by euphuism in ..."

5. English Writers: An Attempt Towards a History of English Literature by Henry Morley, William Hall Griffin (1892)
"Strain euphuism, for a fine rhetoric began at the Courts of Italy, ... George Pettie, who, in his ^alace," discoursed clear euphuism a little earlier ..."

6. Lectures and Essays by Alfred Ainger (1905)
"euphuism—PAST AND PRESENT THE last quarter of a century has witnessed an extraordinary revival of interest in the writers of the Elizabethan Age. ..."

7. The Encyclopædia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"For a comprehension of the nature of euphuism it is necessary to remember that the object of its invention was to attract and to disarm the ladies by means ..."

8. A Glossary; Or, Collection of Words, Phrases, Names, and Allusions to by Robert Nares, James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, Thomas Wright (1867)
"... burlesque of his affected language, we have a complete specimen of euphuism. ... gentlewomen have their tongues sharpened to set upon von euphuism. ..."

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