euphuism

NOUN
  1. 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
  2. any artificially elegant style of language
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How To Use euphuism In A Sentence

  • Peele's "Arraignment of Paris, a Pastorall" is a court drama in the style of Lilly, intended to flatter the Queen, "poor in action but all the richer in gallant phrases, provided with songs, one in Italian, and with all kinds of love scenes between shepherds and shepherdesses, nymphs and terrestrial gods"; the diction is interesting, because it shows revolt from the prevailing "euphuism," and therefore Peele must be given the praise of first opposing Lilly's affected style. The Critics Versus Shakspere A Brief for the Defendant
  • But 'boobtube' is by far my favorite euphuism for it. Gary Roszko: Gather Around the Television Children, It's Time for Dinner
  • Among other resemblances to later growths of Euphuism, its archaisms on the one hand, and [99] its neologies on the other, the Euphuism of the days of Marcus Aurelius had, in the composition of verse, its fancy for the refrain. Marius the Epicurean — Volume 1
  • Al – Saj’a, the fine style or style fleuri, also termed Al – Badí‘a, or euphuism, is the basis of all The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night
  • Euphuism of the Elizabethan age, and of the modern French romanticists, its neologies were the ground of one of the favourite charges against it; though indeed, as regards these tricks of taste also, there is nothing new, but a quaint family likeness rather, between the Euphuists of successive ages. Marius the Epicurean — Volume 1
  • The essential requirement is to remember that Lyly the dramatist is the same man as Lyly the euphuist, and that his audience was always a company of courtiers, with Queen Elizabeth in their midst, infatuated with admiration for the new phraseology and mode of thought known as Euphuism. The Growth of English Drama
  • (1600-1700) in which it flourished, and that bore in England the name of "euphuism". The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize
  • | possibility that "euphuism" should have been used, rather | Tolstoy on Shakespeare A Critical Essay on Shakespeare
  • Their mutual communication was all conducted in a peculiar style of language, the natural deterioration of which was into a kind of euphuism, such as Classic French Course in English
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