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Etymologically a ‘Sesquipedalious’ word means a word one and half foot long.
Here are examples of some ‘sesquipedalious’ words.

  1. Antidisesetablishmentarianism (28) – opposition to the disestablishment of the church of England.
  2. Dicholorodifluoromethane (23) A type of Chlorofluromethane CF2C12
  3. Floccinaucinihilipilification(29) – habit or the action of estimating something as valuless.
  4. Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia (36)- Fear of long words.
  5. Honorificabilitudinitatibus (27)- “the state of being able to achieve honours’. It is longest word in Shakespeare’s works having alternating consonants and vowels.
    6.Pneumonoultramicriscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (45) – a lung disease.
    7.Pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism (30)– a mild form of thyrodism characterized
    By normal levels of calcium and phosphorus in blood.
    8. Thyroparathyroidectomized (25) Excision of both Thyroid and parathyroid glands.



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