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

Other Words from grandiloquence

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

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Grandiloquence, which debuted in English in the 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
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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 3 Oct. 2022.

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