Definition of euphuism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjuːfjʊɪz(ə)m/


[mass noun] formal
An artificial, highly elaborate way of writing or speaking.
Example sentences
  • They are mainly made up of long speeches with little action, and their style to some extent anticipates Lyly's euphuism.



Pronunciation: /ˈjuːfjʊɪst/
Example sentences
  • The earliest use of the word ‘intimate’ in English print appears to be in Philotimus, by the Elizabethan euphuist Brian Melbancke.


Pronunciation: /juːfjʊˈɪstɪk/
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /juːfjʊˈɪstɪk(ə)li/


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'.

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