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Johnsonese

noun John·son·ese \ˌjän(t)-sə-ˈnēz, -ˈnēs\

Definition of JOHNSONESE

:  a literary style characterized by balanced phraseology and Latinate diction

Origin of JOHNSONESE

Samuel Johnson
First Known Use: 1843

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