Johnsonese

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

Definition of Johnsonese

  1. :  a literary style characterized by balanced phraseology and Latinate diction

Origin and Etymology of johnsonese

Samuel Johnson

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