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orotund

[awr-uh-tuhnd, ohr-] /ˈɔr əˌtʌnd, ˈoʊr-/
adjective
1.
(of the voice or speech) characterized by strength, fullness, richness, and clearness.
2.
(of a style of speaking) pompous or bombastic.
Origin of orotund
1785-1795
1785-95; contraction of Latin phrase ōre rotundō, with round mouth
Related forms
orotundity
[awr-uh-tuhn-di-tee, ohr-] /ˌɔr əˈtʌn dɪ ti, ˌoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
noun
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  • Hamlet saw that pithy old Polonius was a preposterous and orotund ass.

    Pipefuls Christopher Morley
  • Mrs. Hallam was sitting in orotund silence, but seemed in good humour.

    Visionaries James Huneker
  • He pitched his orotund voice upon me as if he were giving a command in a gale at sea.

  • With the orotund, as well as with the natural quality, all the voice modes previously described may be conjoined.

  • At once Serrano's orotund Italian voice shot out into the crowd.

    Mountain Clement Wood
  • To match a short vowel to an orotund concert note for two beats and a “hold” was impossible.

    The Story of the Hymns and Tunes Theron Brown and Hezekiah Butterworth
  • Pure voice is usually spoken of as being manifested in two qualities, the natural and the orotund.

  • One given to sonorous and orotund phrases would doubtless have coined a most splendid speech here.

    Sundry Accounts Irvin S. Cobb
  • The use of the orotund voice varies according to the intensity of the thought and feeling being expressed.

    Talks on Talking Grenville Kleiser
  • In an orotund voice he declaims to his pupils the mighty revelations that he copied from the book.

    The Vitalized School Francis B. Pearson
British Dictionary definitions for orotund

orotund

/ˈɒrəʊˌtʌnd/
adjective
1.
(of the voice) resonant; booming
2.
(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
adj.

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]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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