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grandiloquence

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noun gran·dil·o·quence \gran-ˈdi-lə-kwən(t)s\

Definition of grandiloquence

  1. :  a lofty, extravagantly colorful, pompous, or bombastic style, manner, or quality especially in language

gran·dil·o·quent play \-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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