grandiloquence


gran·dil·o·quence

noun \gran-ˈdi-lə-kwən(t)s\

Definition of GRANDILOQUENCE

:  a lofty, extravagantly colorful, pompous, or bombastic style, manner, or quality especially in language
gran·dil·o·quent \-kwənt\ adjective
gran·dil·o·quent·ly adverb

Examples of GRANDILOQUENCE

  1. <a heavyweight champion who was famous for his entertaining grandiloquence prior to every match>
  2. <the predictably wearisome grandiloquence of the speeches at a political convention>

Origin of GRANDILOQUENCE

probably from Middle French, from Latin grandiloquus using lofty language, from grandis + loqui to speak
First Known Use: 1589

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