gran·​dil·​o·​quence | \ gran-ˈdi-lə-kwən(t)s How to pronounce grandiloquence (audio) \

Definition of grandiloquence

: a lofty, extravagantly colorful, pompous, or bombastic style, manner, or quality especially in language was urged to follow up his grandiloquence with positive action

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Other Words from grandiloquence

grandiloquent \ gran-​ˈdi-​lə-​kwənt How to pronounce grandiloquence (audio) \ adjective
grandiloquently adverb

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Grandiloquence, which first appeared in English in the late 16th century, is one of several English words pertaining to speech that derive from the Latin loqui, meaning "to speak." Other offspring of "loqui" include "eloquent" ("marked by fluent expression"), "loquacious" ("full of excessive talk"), and "soliloquy" ("a long dramatic monologue"). "Grandiloquence" comes (probably via Middle French) from the Latin adjective grandiloquus, which combines "loqui" and the adjective "grandis" ("grand or great"). A word that is very similar in meaning to "grandiloquence" is "magniloquence" - and the similarity is not surprising. "Magniloquence" combines "loqui" with "magnus," another Latin word meaning "great."

Examples of grandiloquence in a Sentence

a heavyweight champion who was famous for his entertaining grandiloquence prior to every match the predictably wearisome grandiloquence of the speeches at a political convention
Recent Examples on the Web There will be plenty more rhetoric, pomposity and grandiloquence in the next few weeks as negotiations between the union and MLB get hot and heavy. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Opinion: MLB players are prepared to play 2020 season ... but on one condition," 13 May 2020 Behind the grandiloquence of his note was a young man, alone, under extraordinary stress. Barton Gellman, Washington Post, "After receiving top-secret documents from the NSA whistleblower, reporter Barton Gellman broke the news that the National Security Agency was spying on Americans. Here’s how it happened.," 11 May 2020 His most recent high-profile job, foreign secretary, found him ill at ease in a role that required more gravitas than grandiloquence. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "Sure, Boris Johnson Is Funny. But Has He Ever Done a Job Well?," 22 July 2019 Bird never did have the hops to transport himself from one piece of famed parquet to another, but that didn’t stop Pitino from selling the kind of grandiloquence that epitomized the too-good-to-be-true verbiage and essence of the college game. Harvey Araton, New York Times, "Pitino, Who Demanded Total Control, Can’t Avoid Accountability Now," 28 Sep. 2017 Rose’s plain-spokenness is the necessary counterweight to her husband’s grandiloquence. A. O. Scott, New York Times, "Review: Beneath the Bombast, ‘Fences’ Has an Aching Poetry," 15 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of grandiloquence

1589, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grandiloquence

probably from Middle French, from Latin grandiloquus using lofty language, from grandis + loqui to speak

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“Grandiloquence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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