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  1. The act or practice of using large words when smaller words will do.
  2. A long word.
  1. (context, of a word or words) long; polysyllabic.
More people know the word "antidisestablishmentarianism" than know what it means.
  1. Pertaining to or given to the use of overly long words.
Our dinner guest was so that no one could understand what he said.
    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.

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