Result from Foreign Dictionaries (2 entries found)
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
euphuism \eu"phu*ism\ ([=u]"f[-u]*[i^]z'm), n. [Gr. e'yfyh`s
well grown, graceful; e'y^ well + fyh` growth, fr. fy`ein to
grow. This affected style of conversation and writing,
fashionable for some time in the court of Elizabeth, had its
origin from the fame of Lyly's books, "Euphues, or the
Anatomy of Wit," and "Euphues and his England."] (Rhet.)
An affectation of excessive elegance and refinement of
language; high-flown diction.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
n 1: any artificially elegant style of language
2: an elegant style of prose of the Elizabethan period;
characterized by balance and antithesis and alliteration and
extended similes with and allusions to nature and mythology
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