Sesquipedalianism meaning

(countable) A very long word.
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(uncountable) The practice of using long, sometimes obscure, words in speech or writing.
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Origin of sesquipedalianism

  • From Latin sesquipedalis (“a foot and a half long; in metaphorical use, “of an unnatural length, huge, big””), from sesqui (“one and a half times as great”) + pedalis (“foot”).

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  • Surface form analyzed as sesquipedalian +‎ -ism, from sesqui- (“one and a half”) +‎ pedalian (“of the foot”).

    From Wiktionary