- 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
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When he wrote for publication, he did his sentences out of English into Johnsonese.Life Of Johnson, Volume 5
The literary style of Mary Wollstonecraft's book is Johnsonese, but its thought forms the base of all that has come after.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 2 of 14
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.
I read my Johnson and Locke that winter and tried to write a little in the Johnsonese buckram style.Our Friend John Burroughs