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Friday, December 06, 2002

Definitions for orotund

  1. Characterized by fullness, clarity, strength, and smoothness of sound.
  2. Pompous; bombastic.

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Citations for orotund
I have been cursed to stalk the night through all eternity, he went on, his voice orotund, carrying all across the playground. Michael Chabon, Werewolves in Their Youth
Just once he should resist citing Melville's orotund pronouncement that "genius, all over the world, stands hand in hand, and one shock of recognition runs the whole circle round." James Atlas, New York Times
Origin of orotund
1785-1795
Orotund derives from Latin ore rotundo, "with a round mouth," hence "clear, loud," from os, oris, "the mouth" + rotundus, "round." It is related to oral.