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grandiloquence

[gran-dil-uh-kwuh ns] /grænˈdɪl ə kwəns/
noun
1.
speech that is lofty in tone, often to the point of being pompous or bombastic.
Origin of grandiloquence
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin grandiloqu(us) speaking loftily (grandi(s) great + -loquus speaking) + -ence
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  • He was waving his hand with his usual sense of the grandiloquence of his remarks.

    The Seven-Branched Candlestick Gilbert W. (Gilbert Wolf) Gabriel
  • He was young, and liked a bit of grandiloquence as well as another.

    Phoebe, Junior Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  • But that which really distinguishes a Gascon, is grandiloquence on all subjects.

  • Mrs. Dodd smiled at the grandiloquence of youth, and told him he had mistaken her character.

    Hard Cash Charles Reade
  • Mere wordiness and grandiloquence may sound like ecstasy yet lack that quality.

    The Literature of Ecstasy Albert Mordell
  • grandiloquence is never more characteristic than in its figures; there it disports itself in a very carnival of bombast.

    The Art of Illustration Charles Haddon Spurgeon
  • The grandiloquence went out of the voice of Telfer and his face became serious.

    Windy McPherson's Son Sherwood Anderson
  • It was Maggie who was becoming a mean figure in spite of her grandiloquence—perhaps because of it.

    The Lowest Rung Mary Cholmondeley
Word Origin and History for grandiloquence
n.

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

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