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[awr-uh-tuhnd, ohr-] /ˈɔr əˌtʌnd, ˈoʊr-/
(of the voice or speech) characterized by strength, fullness, richness, and clearness.
(of a style of speaking) pompous or bombastic.
Origin of orotund
1785-95; contraction of Latin phrase ōre rotundō, with round mouth
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[awr-uh-tuhn-di-tee, ohr-] /ˌɔr əˈtʌn dɪ ti, ˌoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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  • Even crazier than the symphony, it's a motley array of vocal and choral pieces, strung together by an orotund narration.
  • The auditors will make orotund proclamations that they are merely providing a valuable service to their clients.
British Dictionary definitions for orotund


(of the voice) resonant; booming
(of speech or writing) bombastic; pompous
Word Origin
C18: from Latin phrase ore rotundo with rounded mouth
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Word Origin and History for orotund

1792, from Latin ore rotundo "in well-rounded phrases," literally "with round mouth" (see ore rotundo).

The odd thing about the word is that its only currency, at least in its non-technical sense, is among those who should most abhor it, the people of sufficient education to realize its bad formation; it is at once a monstrosity in its form & a pedantry in its use. [Fowler]

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