Cacozelia, or perverse affectation, is a fault in every
kind of style: for it includes all that is turgid,
trivial, luscious, redundant, far-fetched or extravagant, while the same name is also applied to virtues
carried to excess, when the mind loses its critical
sense and is misled by the false appearance of
beauty, the worst of all offences against style, since
other faults are due to carelessness, but this is
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1922.
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