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Thursday, July 18

Sesquipedalian

[se-skwə-pə-ˈdāl-yən]

Part of speech: adjective

1.

Describing a word with lots of syllables

2.

Overly wordy; verbose

Examples of Sesquipedalian in a sentence

"His use of many sesquipedalian phrases didn't make him sound smarter — just full of himself."

"He's a good teacher, but sometimes he tends to be so sesquipedalian that no one can understand him."

About Sesquipedalian

The most sesquipedalian word that appears in all major English language dictionaries is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. It refers to a lung disease contracted from inhaling the fine particles in volcanic ash.

Did you Know?

Sesquipedalian is what's called an autological word, meaning a word that describes itself. It's a long word about long words.

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