- 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 euphuisticbloated, swollen, overblown, inflated, superfluous, disproportionate, pretentious, grandiose, stilted, arty, hollow, exaggerated, turgid, pompous, showy, oratorical, vocal, labored, sonorous, formal
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Historical Examples of euphuistic
It might just as well be said that Shakespeare's lords and ladies were not euphuistic enough.Suspended Judgments
John Cowper Powys
Men of letters admired the euphuistic phrases and despised their author.Darkness and Dawn
Frederic W. Farrar
Find examples of Euphuistic hyperbole in iv, of alliteration in xiv.Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I
But his language has certainly the merit of doing more justice to his subject than that of his euphuistic predecessors.Thomas Otway
She was the social leader of Morningside Park, and in her superficial and euphuistic way an extremely kind and pleasant woman.Ann Veronica
H. G. Wells
- 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