Meaning of Johnsonese

John•son•ese

Pronunciation: ( jon"su-nēz', -nēs'), [key]
— n.
  1. a 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.
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