[ yoo-fyoo-iz-uh m ]
/ ˈyu fyuˌɪz əm /


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 antitheses and frequent similes relating to mythological natural history, and alliteration.Compare Euphues.
any similar ornate style of writing or speaking; high-flown, periphrastic language.

Origin of euphuism

First recorded in 1590–1600; Euphu(es) + -ism

Related forms

eu·phu·ist, nouneu·phu·is·tic, eu·phu·is·ti·cal, adjectiveeu·phu·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb

Can be confused

euphemism euphuism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for euphuism


/ (ˈjuːfjuːˌɪzəm) /


an artificial prose style of the Elizabethan period, marked by extreme use of antithesis, alliteration, and extended similes and allusions
any stylish affectation in speech or writing, esp a rhetorical device or expression

Derived Forms

euphuist, nouneuphuistic or euphuistical, adjectiveeuphuistically, adverb

Word Origin for euphuism

C16: after Euphues, prose romance by John Lyly
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