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1. An affectedly elegant literary style of the late 1500s and early 1600s, characterized by elaborate alliteration, antitheses, and similes.
2. Affected elegance of language.

[After Euphues, , a character in Euphues, the Anatomy of Wit and Euphues and his England by John Lyly, from Greek euphuēs, shapely : eu-, eu- + phuein, to grow, bring forth; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.]

eu′phu·ist n.
eu′phu·is′tic, eu′phu·is′ti·cal adj.
eu′phu·is′ti·cal·ly adv.
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(34.) 'Un ricciolo / di Gerti, un grillo in gabbia, ultima traccia / del transito di Liuba, il microfilm / d'un sonetto eufuista scivolato / dalle dita di Clizia addormentata' ('A lock / of Gerti, a cricket in its cage, the last sign / of Liuba's visit, the microfilm / of a euphuist sonnet slipped / from the fingere of a sleeping Clizia') (11.
Father Southwell the Euphuist." The Month 83 (1895): 231-45.
But I would not discount Chambers' conjecture that Lyly's fellow Euphuist Stephen Gosson may have been praising Lyly when in 1579 he spoke of "the two prose books played at the Belsavage, where you shall find never a word without wit, never a line without pith, never a letter placed in vain."(45) I think it unwise, therefore, to single out Lyly as the one University Wit who managed to avoid writing for the popular stage.