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magniloquent

[mag-nil-uh-kwuh nt] /mægˈnɪl ə kwənt/
adjective
1.
speaking or expressed in a lofty or grandiose style; pompous; bombastic; boastful.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; back formation from Latin magniloquentia elevated language, equivalent to magniloqu(us) speaking grandly (magni- magni- + loqu(ī) to speak + -us adj. suffix) + -entia -ence
Related forms
magniloquence, noun
magniloquently, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for magniloquent

magniloquent

/mæɡˈnɪləkwənt/
adjective
1.
(of speech) lofty in style; grandiloquent
Derived Forms
magniloquence, noun
magniloquently, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin magnus great + loquī to speak
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Word Origin and History for magniloquent
adj.

1650s, a back-formation from magniloquence, or else from Latin magniloquentia "lofty style of language," from magniloquus "pompous in talk, vaunting, boastful," from comb. form of magnus "great" (see magnate) + -loquus "speaking," from loqui "to speak" (see locution).

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