noun[mass noun] • formal
- An artificial, highly elaborate way of writing or speaking.More example sentences
- They are mainly made up of long speeches with little action, and their style to some extent anticipates Lyly's euphuism.
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- Coryate wrote in an extravagant and euphuistic style (‘He is a great and bold carpenter of words’, said Jonson), and was well known as an eccentric and amusing character; there are many references to him in 17th-cent. literature.
- Similarly to the text he attacks, his prose is full of classical allusions and occasionally attempts the euphuistic manner.
- Greene's career began in 1583 when he completed an MA at Oxford and published Mamilia, a courtesy book for Elizabethan women, written in the euphuistic style.
late 16th century: from Euphues, the name of a character in John Lyly's prose romance of the same name (1578–80), from Greek euphuēs 'well endowed by nature', from eu 'well' + the base of phuē 'growth'.
More definitions of euphuismDefinition of euphuism in:
- The US English dictionary