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


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.

Origin of Johnsonese

First recorded in 1835–45; Johnson + -ese Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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