grandiloquence

[gran-dil-uh-kwuhns]
noun
speech that is lofty in tone, often to the point of being pompous or bombastic.

Origin:
1580–90; < Latin grandiloqu(us) speaking loftily (grandi(s) great + -loquus speaking) + -ence

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grandiloquent (ɡrænˈdɪləkwənt)
 
adj
inflated, pompous, or bombastic in style or expression
 
[C16: from Latin grandiloquus, from grandis great + loquī to speak]
 
gran'diloquence
 
n
 
gran'diloquently
 
adv

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grandiloquence
1589, from L. grandiloquentia, from grandiloquus "using lofty speech," from grandis "big" + -loquus "speaking," from loqui "speak."
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Example sentences
Voters are not really expected to pay attention to the grandiloquence.
For all the grandiloquence, however, there is no hiding that last week's
  meeting did little to promote free trade.
Composers who seek to overwhelm us with grandiloquence may simply be
  over-compensating for what is not there musically.
Grandiloquence was battling denial, forgiveness was struggling against
  bitterness.
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