One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1no object To use rhetorical language, especially to speak or write in an excessively grand or verbose style.
2with object To express in rhetorical language; to characterize in rhetorical terms; to make rhetorical in form or style.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Richard Meggott (d. 1692), dean of Winchester. From rhetoric + -ize.
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