Complete Definition of "sesquipedalian"

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English

Etymology
From sesqui-, from Latin sesqui, one and a half, + pedal, from Latin pes, pedis, foot, + adjective suffix -alis, + adjective suffix -ian: Lit. a foot and a half long. cf. F. sesquipédal, L. sesquipedalis.

Pronunciation
IPA|/ËsÉskwɪpɪËdeɪlɪÉn/
audio|en-us-sesquipedalian.ogg|Audio (US)

Noun
en-noun

  1. The act or practice of using large words when smaller words will do.
  2. A long word.

Adjective
en-adj

  1. context|of a word or words long; polysyllabic.

#:More people know the sesquipedalian word "antidisestablishmentarianism" than know what it means.

  1. Pertaining to or given to the use of overly long words.

#:Our dinner guest was so sesquipedalian that no one could understand what he said.

Synonyms
italbrac|of long words: polysyllabic
italbrac|given to the use of long words: bombastic, long-winded

Antonyms
italbrac|of long words: monosyllabic
italbrac|given to the use of long words: brief

Translations
trans-top|of long words
Bulgarian: многоÑÑиÑен
trans-mid
trans-bottom

trans-top|given to the use of long words
trans-mid
trans-bottom

Related terms
hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia
sesquipedal
sesquipedalianism â Literary style characterised by the use of long words.
sesquipedalianist â A writer using sesquipedalianism
sesquipedality

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