eu|phu|ism


eu|phu|ism
eu|phu|ism «YOO fyu ihz uhm», noun.
1. an affected style of speaking and writing English that was fashionable in England in the late 1500's, characterized by long series of antitheses, frequent similes, and alliteration. Example: Be valiant but not too venturous. Let thy attire be comely but not costly (John Lyly).
2. Figurative. any affected, elegant style of writing; flowery, artificial language.
3. a euphuistic phrase or composition.
[< Euphues, main character in two works of John Lyly, 1554?-1606, an English dramatist and romance writer + -ism]

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