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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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This seems a bit euphuistic, for one may claim to share common humanity with a still-degraded and unequal being.
The Warre betwixt Nature and Fortune is an early euphuistic, extremely derivative romance narrating the story of Philotimus, the oldest of the twelve children of Cleocritus, governor of Mantua, and his wife Castibula, daughter of the duke of Bononia.
A true tragedy of euphuistic wit is played out between Hamlet and a courtier Osric, who brings him a challenge from Laertes and actually presides the final duel.
In a manner appropriate to the book as a whole, the pseudonym's associations contradict the epistle's euphuistic opening: "Mvsing with my selfe being idle" (sig A2), the author begins, before insisting that his text is little other than light-hearted entertainment, for both himself and his readers, by explaining "I wrote this booke with my hand, but not with my heart" (sig A3).
In her illuminating treatment of contemporary responses to John Lyly, for instance, Nicholson reminds us of Sir Philip Sidney's caustic remarks on the 'euphuistic' casting of 'sugar and spice upon every dish' (1) and his complaint that such 'straunge things cost too deere for my poore sprites'.
A Knack replicates classical allusions, topical references, Euphuistic ornaments, and stylistic idiosyncrasies of Greene's recognized work.
(2.) In her discussion of Elizabeth's Tillbury speech, which she offers as an example of Elizabeth's clearer style, Green ("'I myself'") describes this more convoluted style as Ciceronian or Euphuistic.
Highlighting the ever-thorny "problem of translation," the first section of The Product Love is given over to real-time footage of three linguists' individual attempts to translate Benjamin's euphuistic text into English.
Barbara Fennell and John Bennett have analyzed this bifurcation from a sociolinguistic perspective, pointing out that Ignatius fails to navigate his diverse and exotic locale successfully because he does not recognize that discrete speech communities interact using different "codes" and "channels." Euphues is a didactic discourse on the dangers of romantic love but the Euphuistic style gets its name from the elevated and Latinate poetic diction attributed to John Lyly.
The euphuistic, "mosaic" style of medieval Hebrew letters achieved prose statement by joining fragments of biblical verses.
And the director knows that this interpolation relieves the arcane Euphuistic wordplay of the text, lightening it considerably and thereby contributing to his own ultimate transformation of the original: Branagh employs the musical, as he does the newsreel, to remake the original so that love's labors are satisfied through the traditional ending of romantic comedy.
Greene remains strongly influenced by Lyly, Katharine Wilson wittily observes: 'All Greene's personae act as if they have just finished reading the Anatomy, and are wondering what to do about it.' (33) Greene dominated the genre of prose fiction throughout the 1580s, exploiting every mode from euphuistic narrative to romance to cony-catching pamphlet.