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lexiphanes

(lex-SIF-uh-neez) Pronunciation Sound Clip

noun: One who uses words pretentiously.

[From Greek lexiphanes (phrase monger), from lexis (word or phrase) + -phaneia (to show).]

"The danger is in becoming so seduced by the lexiconic that we become lexiphanes. There's no excuse for indulging in the bombastic at any time, of course."
Murray Waldren; That's Language; The Australian (Sydney); Jul 16, 2005.

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