a. using many long words; bombastic.
   ♦ lexiphanism, n.

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  • Lexiphanic — Lex i*phan ic (l[e^]ks [i^]*f[a^]n [i^]k), a. [Gr. lexifa nis a phrase monger; le xis speech + fai nein to show.] Using, or interlarded with, pretentious words; bombastic; as, a lexiphanic writer or speaker; lexiphanic writing. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lexiphanic — adjective Using bombastic or pretentious wording or language. Syn: fustian, magniloquent See Also: lexiphanicism …   Wiktionary

  • lexiphanic — lex·i·phan·ic …   English syllables

  • lexiphanic — |leksə|fanik adjective Etymology: Lexiphanes (bombastic speaker in the dialogue Lexiphanes by Lucian, 2d century A.D. Greek satirist) + English ic archaic : using ostentatiously recondite words : bombastic, pretentious …   Useful english dictionary

  • magniloquent — adjective Speaking pompously; using swelling discourse; bombastic; tumid in style; grandiloquent. Syn: fustian, lexiphanic …   Wiktionary

  • fustian — noun a) A kind of coarse twilled cotton or cotton and linen stuff b) A class of cloth including corduroy and velveteen Syn: lexiphanic, magniloquent …   Wiktionary

  • Johnsonian — Synonyms and related words: Gongoresque, affected, bedizened, big sounding, convoluted, declamatory, elevated, euphuistic, flamboyant, flaming, flashy, flaunting, fulsome, garish, gaudy, grandiloquent, grandiose, grandisonant, high flowing, high… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • affected — Synonyms and related words: Gongoresque, Gongoristic, Johnsonian, Marinistic, Tartuffian, Tartuffish, afflicted, agonized, apocryphal, artificial, assumed, attacked, awkward, bastard, bedizened, big sounding, bogus, brummagem, canting, chichi,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • bedizened — Synonyms and related words: Gongoresque, Johnsonian, adorned, affected, beaded, bedecked, befrilled, bejeweled, beribboned, bespangled, big sounding, convoluted, decked out, declamatory, decorated, elevated, embellished, euphuistic, feathered,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • declamatory — Synonyms and related words: Gongoresque, Johnsonian, affected, aureate, bedizened, big sounding, bombastic, convoluted, elevated, elocutionary, eloquent, euphuistic, flamboyant, flaming, flashy, flaunting, flowery, forensic, fulsome, garish,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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