[ jon-suh-neez, -nees ]
/ ˌdʒɒn səˈniz, -ˈnis /
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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.
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Origin of Johnsonese
First recorded in 1835–45; (Samuel) Johnson + -ese
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How to use Johnsonese in a sentence
The stuffed buckram of Johnsonese had been succeeded by the mincing hifalutin of Mrs. Anne Radcliffe and her like.Washington Irving|Henry W. Boynton
When he wrote for publication he did his sentences out of English into Johnsonese.Macaulay's Life of Samuel Johnson|Thomas Babington Macaulay
But Johnson seems to have written Johnsonese from his cradle.Hours in a Library|Leslie Stephen
What sort of an appearance would they present when furnished in a blend of Johnsonese and his own stheticism?
Sebastian, for his part, might have found some difficulty in translating into Johnsonese the twisted asceticism of Stuart Heron.