orotund

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adjective oro·tund \ˈȯr-ə-ˌtənd, ˈär-\

Definition of orotund

  1. 1 :  marked by fullness, strength, and clarity of sound :  sonorous an orotund voice

  2. 2 :  pompous, bombastic an orotund speech

orotundity

play \ˌȯr-ə-ˈtən-də-tē, ˌär-\ noun

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Examples of orotund in a Sentence

  1. the tenor's orotund voice was just what this soaring aria needs

  2. a master of the orotund prose that is favored by academic journals of literary criticism

Did You Know?

The Latin roots of orotund are related to two more common English words-"oral" and "rotund." Latin or- means "mouth," and rotundus means "round" or "circular." The Roman poet Horace joined forms of those Latin terms to create the phrase "ore rotundo," literally meaning "with round mouth," and figuratively meaning "with well-turned speech." "Ore rotundo" was modified to "orotund" and adopted into English in the late 18th century. It can indicate either strength of delivery or inflated wording.

Origin and Etymology of orotund

modification of Latin ore rotundo, literally, with round mouth


First Known Use: 1799



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