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[sten-tawr-ee-uh n, -tohr-] /stɛnˈtɔr i ən, -ˈtoʊr-/
very loud or powerful in sound:
a stentorian voice.
Origin of stentorian
1595-1605; Stentor + -ian
Related forms
stentorianly, adverb
unstentorian, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for stentorian
  • The stentorian snoring often provokes jokes, but sleep apnoea is a serious and sometimes fatal malady.
  • But that doesn't mean that there isn't a place for stentorian rhetoric.
  • There are those spasms of silence which are rather enervating, and then there are times when the voices are somewhat stentorian.
  • Few were surprised when she began to wither beneath her husband's stentorian personality.
British Dictionary definitions for stentorian


(of the voice, etc) uncommonly loud: stentorian tones
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Word Origin and History for stentorian

"of powerful voice," c.1600, from Stentor, legendary Greek herald in the Trojan War, whose voice (described in the "Iliad") was as loud as 50 men. His name is from Greek stenein "groan, moan," from PIE imitative root *(s)ten-, source of Old English þunor "thunder."

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