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  • n. A stylistic affectation of diction, such as throwing in foreign words to appear learned.
  • n. Bad taste in words or selection of metaphor, either to make the facts appear worse or to disgust the auditors.


From Latin cacozēlia ("a bad, faulty, awkward imitation"), from Ancient Greek κᾰκοζηλία (kakozelia, "unhappy imitation", "affectation"). (Wiktionary)


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  • Oh, none of us here would ever do that.

    October 6, 2009

  • n. the use of rare or foreign words to appear learned

    October 6, 2009