sesquipedalian


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Synonyms for sesquipedalian

having many syllables

Synonyms for sesquipedalian

a very long word (a foot and a half long)

given to the overuse of long words

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(of words) long and ponderous

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All you have to say when you encounter such people is, with a sense of fake respect, "Gee, I've got to say you're quite the sesquipedalian." That, according to Barney, ought to win us (humble people like him and me!) a modicum of respect.
When the interrogation began, one senator immediately launched his sesquipedalian monologue, forcing others to just tsk-tsk (a word containing only consonants expressing utter disapproval), or quietly say through their noses, Houyhnhnms (aword that imitates the neighing of horses), or distract themselves by humming euouae (a long word composed only of vowels used to indicate the tune of a medieval chant).
Geer's prose can be long-winded and occasionally sesquipedalian (such as the phrase "Accretive sequestration of social policy"), but then he turns around and shows off his selective economy with words by crafting statements like:
And although some of these words are inordinately sesquipedalian, like "floccinaucinihilipilification" for example, they are all of a finite length.
The perfect wedding of romantic intimism and sesquipedalian egotism: in short, the essence of the myth of the artist.
Here, the impediments to change are quantitative rather than qualitative: once the legal landscape becomes crowded with statutes--a pattern that sesquipedalian scholars have dubbed "statutorification"--legislators fight a losing battle to keep all of their acts current.
All this action, myth, and history fairly fly off the page, for Davis renders Ferdowsi's 50,000 sesquipedalian lines of poetry as a prose narrative that here and there erupts into sonnet-sized snatches of verse.
It was at times unduly Latinate and, as Bill taught us all to say, sesquipedalian, but it was unique and uniquely his own.
In fact, we suggest using spell checkers with caution and urge extra suspicion of grammar checkers, which can offer weak and sometimes inaccurate alternatives, especially when faced with long sentences like this one, full of sesquipedalian words.
Take for example the following sesquipedalian pair of lines from an earlier scene when Leno the pimp and his partner Chum have just washed ashore.
Budget presentations involve acrobatic juggling of sesquipedalian and obfuscatory arcana of the most baffling proportions.
[So too the tragic actor frequently grieves in the language of prose, when either Telephus or Peleus, in poverty and in exile, throws aside his bombast and sesquipedalian words, if he wants the heart of the spectator to be touched by his lament.] He adds, however, that if it is not done properly such poetry can induce sleep or laughter (103-05):
As the last example demonstrates, Horse Latin does tend to lead to long words, and one can easily go astray in the middle of sesquipedalian constructions (sibesquibipibedibalibiban cibonstribuctibons).