- 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
Related Words for euphuismgrandiloquence, rhetoric, bombast, delicacy, wordiness, pomposity, fustian, Gongorism, purism
Examples from the Web for euphuism
Historical Examples of euphuism
The euphuism of the foregoing quotation will be readily detected.
And so, though we cannot say that euphuism is verse, we can say that it partakes of the nature of verse.
With euphuism, antithesis and the use of balanced sentences came to stay.
With these general remarks we must leave the subject of euphuism.
The cry of art for art's sake is raised, and the result is extravagance, euphuism.
- 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