One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A form or idiom characteristic of or restricted to the variety of Greek used in ancient Alexandria.
2The doctrines or ideas associated with any of the schools of philosophy in ancient Alexandria.
3Imitation of the Alexandrian school of Greek literature; (hence) the use of derivative, artificial, or recondite language or style.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Palaeoromaica. From Alexandrian + -ism, partly after German Alexandrinismus.
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