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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Definitions for magniloquent

  1. Lofty or grandiose in speech or expression; using a high-flown style of discourse; bombastic.

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Citations for magniloquent
Stevens did for American poetic language what Saul Bellow was to do for prose, extending its boundaries, taking in the magniloquent, the arcane, the plainspoken, the gaudy, the low-rent. Algis Valiunas, Commentary
A feature of Young's intellectual project is to incorporate the Elizabethan delight in metaphors both decorous and indecorous, constantly embellishing her prose with a poetic juxtaposition of the grand with the prosaic, "a constant alternation of the magniloquent and the colloquial." Constance Eichenlaub, Review of Contemporary Fiction
Origin of magniloquent
1650-1660
Magniloquent is derived from Latin magniloquentia, from magnus, "great" + the present participle of loqui, "to speak."