Johnsonese

[ jon-suh-neez, -nees ]
/ ˌdʒɒn səˈniz, -ˈnis /

noun

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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