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[gran-dil-uh-kwuh ns] /grænˈdɪl ə kwəns/
speech that is lofty in tone, often to the point of being pompous or bombastic.
Origin of grandiloquence
1580-90; < Latin grandiloqu(us) speaking loftily (grandi(s) great + -loquus speaking) + -ence Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for grandiloquence
  • 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.
  • Most of the movie, however, is done with stupefying grandiloquence.
  • He is weighty with grandiloquence, serious in intention, solemn in demeanor.
Word Origin and History for grandiloquence

1580s, from Latin grandiloquentia, from grandiloquus "using lofty speech, bombastic," from grandis "big" (see grand (adj.)) + -loquus "speaking," from loqui "to speak" (see locution).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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