Johnsonese

noun
John·​son·​ese | \ ˌjän(t)-sə-ˈnēz How to pronounce Johnsonese (audio) , -ˈnēs \

Definition of Johnsonese

: a literary style characterized by balanced phraseology and Latinate diction

First Known Use of Johnsonese

1831, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Johnsonese

Samuel Johnson

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“Johnsonese.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Johnsonese. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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