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A long word.
1. Given to or characterized by the use of long words.
2. Long and ponderous; polysyllabic.
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(ˌsɛskwɪpɪˈdeɪlɪən) or less commonly


1. tending to use very long words
2. (of words or expressions) long and ponderous; polysyllabic
a polysyllabic word
[C17: from Latin sēsquipedālis of a foot and a half (coined by Horace in Ars Poetica), from sesqui- + pedālis of the foot, from pēs foot]
ˌsesquipeˈdalianism, sesquipedality n
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(ˌsɛs kwɪ pɪˈdeɪ li ən, -ˈdeɪl yən)

1. given to using long words.
2. (of a word) containing many syllables.
[1605–15; < Latin sēsquipedāli(s) measuring a foot and a half]
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Used to describe words that are long and have many syllables.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sesquipedalian - a very long word (a foot and a half long)
polysyllabic word, polysyllable - a word of more than three syllables
Adj.1.sesquipedalian - given to the overuse of long words; "sesquipedalian orators"; "this sesquipedalian way of saying one has no money"
pretentious - making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction; "a pretentious country house"; "a pretentious fraud"; "a pretentious scholarly edition"
2.sesquipedalian - (of words) long and ponderous; having many syllables; "sesquipedalian technical terms"
long - primarily spatial sense; of relatively great or greater than average spatial extension or extension as specified; "a long road"; "a long distance"; "contained many long words"; "ten miles long"
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Having many syllables:
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[ˌseskwɪpɪˈdeɪlɪən] ADJsesquipedal, polisilábico
sesquipedalian wordpalabra f kilométrica
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References in classic literature ?
D'Artagnan recoiled, as though the sesquipedalian syllables had knocked the breath out of his body.
And has someone, rolling their eyes with disbelief, labelled you sesquipedalian? Probably not.
(providing--as he might put it--a sesquipedalian overview of the science
Many people still think that using sesquipedalian words (literally, words that are a foot-and-a-half long) will impress their listeners.
world-weary, Eliotic tone, as well as some sesquipedalian diction
"If the confirmation ceremony has its load of silly sins in all the theatricalities, rhetorical exuberances, sesquipedalian phrases, sophomoric essays and personal ostentations," wrote Rabbi Max Heller in 1910, "surely the remedy would be worse than the disease if we went back to the indefensible Orientalism of excluding the fair sex again and re-adopted Bar Mitzvah." (50)
They're likelier to sprout wings than to invoke Pericles, as Vidal did in warning against the overextension of empire, or to flaunt whatever sesquipedalian vocabulary they might possess, as Buckley did at every opportunity.
In the past, a limited version of this competition was on view in the annual national spelling bee aired on US TV, with little kids amazing and humbling adult viewers with their sesquipedalian prodigy.
And finally, the P-45 Prize for being the longest knowndictionary-listed unhyphenated English insider word goes to an oldfriend, that ageless sesquipedalian stalwart,
Learning words like "sesquipedalian" or memorizing Morse code makes days feel productive.
Formal communication, as I and my students experience it, is composed of baroque sentences with multiple sesquipedalian adjectives and adverbs.
*I am ashamed to have used the word 'sesquipedalian'.