from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An affectedly elegant literary style of the late 16th and early 17th centuries, characterized by elaborate alliteration, antitheses, and similes.
  • n. Affected elegance of language.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An ornate style of writing (in Elizabethan England) marked by the excessive use of alliteration, antithesis and mythological similes.
  • n. An example of euphuism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An affectation of excessive elegance and refinement of language; high-flown diction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In English literature, an affected literary style, originating in the fifteenth century, characterized by a wide vocabulary, alliteration, consonance, verbal antithesis, and odd combinations of words.
  • n. Synonyms This word is sometimes confounded with euphemism and euphony. It has nothing to do with either.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. 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
  • n. any artificially elegant style of language


After Euphues, a character in Euphues, the Anatomy of Wit and Euphues and his England by John Lyly, from Greek euphuēs, shapely : eu-, eu- + phuein, to grow, bring forth; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Lyly's Euphues. (Wiktionary)



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