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grandiloquent

[gran-dil-uh-kwuh nt] /grænˈdɪl ə kwənt/
adjective
1.
speaking or expressed in a lofty style, often to the point of being pompous or bombastic.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; grandiloqu(ence) + -ent
Related forms
grandiloquently, adverb
Synonyms
turgid, inflated, rhetorical, pretentious.
Antonyms
simple, sincere.
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Examples from the web for grandiloquent
  • Coming from the mouth of a convicted murderer, that's a rather grandiloquent pronouncement.
  • Yet its grandiloquent style can also seem contrived.
  • This, in spite of its grandiloquent sound, is what he truly was.
  • One may think of their reacting with a flurry of adjectives and grandiloquent phrases expressing awe and wonderment.
  • The note may be pitched high, but not too high for the grandiloquent flights that follow.
British Dictionary definitions for grandiloquent

grandiloquent

/ɡrænˈdɪləkwənt/
adjective
1.
inflated, pompous, or bombastic in style or expression
Derived Forms
grandiloquence, noun
grandiloquently, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin grandiloquus, from grandis great + loquī to speak
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Word Origin and History for grandiloquent
adj.

1590s, probably a back-formation from grandiloquence. Related: Grandiloquently.

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