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
grandiloquentplay \gran-ˈdi-lə-kwənt\ adjective
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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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Rose’s plain-spokenness is the necessary counterweight to her husband’s grandiloquence.
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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."
Origin and Etymology of grandiloquence
probably from Middle French, from Latin grandiloquus using lofty language, from grandis + loqui to speak
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