sesquipedality

noun
ses·​qui·​pe·​dal·​i·​ty | \ ˌse(ˌ)skwipə̇ˈdalətē \
plural -es

Definition of sesquipedality

1 : the quality or condition of being sesquipedal
2a : the use of sesquipedalian words
b : a style characterized by the use of sesquipedalian words

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History and Etymology for sesquipedality

sesquipedal + -ity

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“Sesquipedality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sesquipedality. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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