WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
John•son•ese ( jon′sə nēz′, -nēs′),USA pronunciation n.
- Literaturea literary style characterized by rhetorically balanced, often pompous phraseology and an excessively Latinate vocabulary: so called from the style of writing practiced by Samuel Johnson.
- Johnson + -ese 1835–45
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