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[gran-dil-uh-kwuh nt] /grænˈdɪl ə kwənt/
speaking or expressed in a lofty style, often to the point of being pompous or bombastic.
Origin of grandiloquent
1585-95; grandiloqu(ence) + -ent
Related forms
grandiloquently, adverb
turgid, inflated, rhetorical, pretentious.
simple, sincere. Unabridged
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  • I said, grandiloquently enough, that no victory was worth winning unless there were difficulties.

  • “‘Whom the gods love, die young,’” quoted I grandiloquently, like Mawley.

    She and I, Volume 1 John Conroy Hutcheson
  • They went along together, Charley Braton (John soon learned his name) pointing out the principal buildings, grandiloquently.

    Cattle-Ranch to College Russell Doubleday
  • “Then let us ride forth and win them to our side,” said the Nana grandiloquently.

    The Red Year Louis Tracy
  • He might even be grandiloquently styled, by those who were particular about the names of things, the soldier of peace.

    A Houseful of Girls Sarah Tytler
  • The ex-parson made way for Alban, grandiloquently offering a niche upon the bare floor and a view of the reddening embers.

    Aladdin of London Sir Max Pemberton
  • His style is so grandiloquently vague that we can make neither head nor tail of it.

  • I thought Jane never would forget that unfortunate, abominable sentence spoken so grandiloquently to Mary.

  • When he lifted his hat to me I lifted my hat as grandiloquently as he.

    Adventures In Friendship David Grayson
  • Are you ready to reconsider the suggestion I made a while ago and which you so grandiloquently rejected?

British Dictionary definitions for grandiloquently


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 grandiloquently



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

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