euphuism

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any artificially elegant style of language

an elegant style of prose of the Elizabethan period

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Hence the appearance of Gongorists with their unnatural elegance, of cultists with their unorthodox ways, of Marinists with their contorted puns and intricate metaphors, of Euphuists with their artificial refinement, of the precieux (the "precious" ones, advocates of the French salon Preciosite) with their delicate manners and feelings, and lastly of the metaphysical poets with their (often exaggerated) extended use of conceits.
Ros, "an Elizabethan born out of her time, is still under the spell of that magical and delicious intoxication" characteristic of the Euphuists (138).
Other early Euphuists, Toole informs readers, were George Pettie, Stephen Gosson, and Thomas Lodge.