John·​son·​ese ˌjän(t)-sə-ˈnēz How to pronounce Johnsonese (audio)
: a literary style characterized by balanced phraseology and Latinate diction

Word History


Samuel Johnson

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Johnsonese was in 1831

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“Johnsonese.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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